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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Earns its R but may leave audiences wanting more.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In essence, this is an indie Adam Sandler comedy, and when its heroes are psyching themselves up for the big event, it's kind of funny. But the orgy doesn't make you laugh - it makes you cringe.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Sex-themed comedy has some heart amid all the raunch.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this raunchy, hard-R comedy is decidedly not for kids. The title says it all: It's about an orgy planned by a group of life-long friends. Although it's surprisingly sentimental in parts (a la Judd Apatow's films) and explores the boundaries of friendships and their importance, it's definitely very sexual, from partial and full nudity to simulated intercourse to lots of frank talk about sex. There's also lots of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and drinking.

  • Families can talk about how the movie depicts sex. Does it take a realistic attitude toward the topic? A responsible one? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • How can you negotiate friendships as you age? Do they have to change?
  • What's the appeal of the "hard-R" comedy? Do movies have to be raunchy to be funny?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Titillating title and subject matter aside, the movie does explore the importance of friendship -- and how loyalty and straightforwardness help pave the way to better relationships.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Though at first Eric seems like he's just out for a good time, he reveals himself as someone with a good heart and a deep affection for the friends who have seen him through everything. The entire group, in fact, seems well aware of one another's value.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some yelling and childish, churlish behavior.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The title says it all: The movie is about friends planning an orgy. There are very frank conversations about sex (how to get more of it, how to do it, what to use when doing it) and nudity (breasts, backsides, and a brief full frontal are all on view). Couples are shown in various states of intimacy and undress, and while having simulated intercourse.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent swearing includes "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "c--k," and "f--k."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some mentions and glimpses of brand names, including Zoloft, Altoids, and the Hamptons Jitney.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters like to throw themed parties in the Hamptons where inebriation is the goal. All sorts of drinks are imbibed, from beer to hard liquor.