Film Review – How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town – Directed by Jeremy LaLonde
Genre – Comedy
Excitable Rating – 5/10

Before you say anything, I know I have given this a higher rating that Doctor Strange, this is because they are from different genres.  As a comedy this ranks about average, not particularly brilliant, but it has got a good few laughs in there.  As a fantasy/sci-fi film it ranks in the minus figures and is really, in my opinion, incomparable to the likes of Doctor Strange.  But I digress…

Ok premise: Small town Canada.  We open on two teens (hetero) about to embark on their first sexual endeavour, things do not go well.  Events conspire so that the girl, Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite), ends up streaking through her very conservative small town.  The judgement that follows fuels her decision to leave town and not return for 20 years…

~~ 20 years later ~~

Cassie is now a successful sex columnist in some big city (sorry Canada I do not know you well enough) but must return to her home town of Beaver’s Ridge (excellent small town name said with straight faces for the entirety of the film) due to the passing of her mother.  Her high school sweetheart, Adam (Ennis Esmer), is now married to her former bully, Heather (Lauren Lee Smith) in a rather unhappy and sexually clinical marriage.  Due to Adam’s inability to get Heather pregnant, Heather decides she needs access to some of the good man juice; and what better way than to plan an orgy?
Hilarity (kind-of?) ensues.

Orgy squad consists of Cassie, who instructs; Heather & Adam (married); Bruce and Alice (divorced… well almost); and Chester. Other characters also come in and out as the film progresses.

This film is pretty funny, doesn’t have the most laughs I’ve ever had watching a film.  But still enjoyable for an actually very vanilla RomCom (despite it’s title).  It also deals with small town prejudice pretty well, though the actual sex stuff was more just for laughs and was not particularly sex positive or gender equal.  Definitely a film to watch with some friends, or your parents (it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be), once you’re a few drinks into an evening.

Exciting Features:

  • The classic small town nerd is played by none other than Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun!
  • Gay sex scene (m/m)!
  • Totally calls out small town racism! And it’s done in a way that the townspeople are clearly the joke for being so ignorant!
  • The character Polly (Tommie-Amber Pirie) is majorly swoon in a hipster/nerd way. I love her. I want to be her. Overall I am confused, but not unhappy.

 

If you do not expect to much from this film it will not disappoint you!

Thanks for reading!

~ The Excitable Feminist

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