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Sudeikis stars in tasteless sex comedy

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine in "A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy" Eric (Jason Sudeikis), left, and Mike (Tyler Labine) decide to throw “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy” for their friends during Labor Day Weekend.

Mike, an overgrown frat boy played by Tyler Labine, summarizes this movie best when he shouts, “This is the worst orgy ever!”

Contrary to its misleading positive adjective, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” qualifies as the worst orgy comedy ever.

The only good thing to be found in this badly written, badly acted film would be a fleeting reference to “The Goonies.” That’s pretty much the pinnacle of cleverness in a comedy about friends who agree to have group sex with each other during a major blowout Labor Day weekend party.

This movie is so humor-challenged that the outtakes over the closing credits — traditionally a sure crowd-pleaser — are laugh-deprived bores that beg the question: Why are they even on the screen?

The characters are thin and juvenile. The dialogue is sophomoric. The moral to the story is a head-scratching cop-out suggesting that intimate sexual contact between friends either 1) works better than eharmony.com in finding that perfect person, or 2) has no lasting emotional side effects on anyone at all.

Man, this movie really takes the cake. And the kitchen sink. And the toilet.

Every year, Eric, an arrested juvenile trapped in the body of a thirtysomething man (“SNL” star Jason Sudeikis), plans a big end-of-summer party for his longtime friends in his mansionlike house in the Hamptons that actually belongs to his globe-trotting daddy (Don Johnson). (Read more…)

‘Bad Teacher’ barely earns passing grade

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Cameron Diaz in "Bad Teacher" Cameron Diaz shakes up a middle school fundraiser as the “Bad Teacher.”

Columbia Pictures screened “Bad Teacher” for the press Wednesday night after many regular newspaper deadlines, a sign the studio doesn’t think the movie will be a winner with critics and the public. (We held the presses for our readers, naturally.)

“Bad Teacher” isn’t all that bad. Not all that good, either.

It offers flourishes of funny stuff, a tamely sexy carwash sequence with Cameron Diaz in wet cutoffs, some rude and crude language, a little drug comedy, a few un-PC ethnic slurs and a sellout ending in which the title character undergoes an unbelievable change of personality unsupported by any life-changing event in the movie.

The movie is set in Illinois (the students even take a trip to see the Lincoln exhibit down in Springfield), and an Illinois state academic test booklet is apparently printed in Schaumburg.

Still, why isn’t the R-rated “Bad Teacher” badder? (Read more…)