Jason Sudeikis is Eric, a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang—a good old-fashioned orgy. The only obstacles to overcome are actually convincing each of his reluctant friends to join in on the festivities, and an inconveniently blossoming romance with the real estate agent threatening to sell the house out from under him before the main event can even take place.
A gaggle of best friends from college decide to get even more intimate in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
. Eric (Jason Sudeikis, Horrible Bosses
) throws notoriously loud, over-the-top parties at his father's beach house--so when his father decides to sell it, Eric feels he has to throw one last bash to say farewell. But this time, rather than a big public party, he and his friends (Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine, Angela Sarafyan, Lindsay Sloane, and Martin Starr) decide to revive the 1970s with a private orgy. The movie harks back to raunchy 1980s R-rated comedies, but A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
never finds its tone. Eric and his friends are self-absorbed, dithering, and just not very interesting people; Eric, in particular, is a smarmy trust fund baby whose attraction to a lithe real-estate agent (Leslie Bibb, Popular
) plays out like an adolescent crush… which would be charming if Eric were adolescent, but he's in his 30s. Maybe the idea is that this petty crew confront their emotional limitations when they try to be sexually adventurous, but the results are neither revelatory nor even surprising. It doesn't help that the guys are ordinary looking to outright schlubby, while the women are all model-thin (and yet, of course, neurotic about their attractiveness). Some flashes of humor here and there, but overall, a misfire. --Bret Fetzer