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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

January 19, 2012

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine
Director: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck

Quick Thoughts: Thought this might be one of those under-the-radar solid comedies but A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a real snooze fest. No seriously; I fell asleep no less than three times while I was watching it. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, the worst kind of movie is the comedy that isn’t funny and this film’s humor is completely MIA. And the story is absurd. A group of 30-something losers decide to throw a Labor Day orgy when the house they’ve been partying in for years is being put up for sale. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I always get Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms (from The Office and The Hangover) confused and then I remember how to tell the difference: Ed Helms is actually funny. For real, I wanted to turn this movie off and send it back numerous times while watching it. The best you’re going to get out of this film is a few chuckles. Don’t waste your time watching it.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Ew.
Sequel Potential: Naw.
Oscar Potential: None.
Nudity: Quite a bit. Nothing good though.
Grade: 2.5/10 (Horrible/Skip It)
RottenTomatoes Scores: Critics: 35% Audience: 44%
IMDB Rating: 6/10
Recommendation: I couldn’t possibly recommend this to anyone. But my roommate said he liked it, so there’s an audience out there for it somewhere. I say stay away.

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Hall Pass (2011)

March 8, 2011

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate
Director: Bobby & Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Stuck On You, Kingpin, Shallow Hal)

Quick Thoughts: A solid comedy that kind of loses its mind in the final act of the film. The premise of married men being allowed a week off from their marriages to do whatever they wish obviously provides plenty of laughs, but it’s the banter between Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) when they think no one is listening that are the film’s funniest moments. Being a Farrelly Brothers production, Hall Pass does cross into gross out territory, pushing the envelop a bit with its toilet humor, a sub-genre of comedy I never find particularly funny. The third act essentially ruins the film… transforming it from a quality comedy into something I’ll probably never watch again.

Grade: 5/10 (Worth Watching)
Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Comedies always have the potential to get better over time. Not good enough to buy, but I’d maybe watch it again with a group of friends.
Sequel Potential: Seems like a stretch. Not only would it be tough to find a plausible way to continue this story, it’s not looking like a box office smash either.
Oscar Potential: None.
Nudity: Nicky Whelan gets naked and looks ridiculous.

Recommendation: Hall Pass is an okay comedy. If you’re a fan of the Farrelly Bros. past work this probably won’t disappoint you too much, but the last third of the movie is pretty brutal. It just gets out of control and stops being funny. I feel like they had a good concept for a comedy here with lots of ideas for funny scenes but had no idea how to end their film. If the ending didn’t suck so bad, I’d happily recommend this to most people, but as it is, seems like a rental to me.