How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
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France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby TrueHD ), English ( DTS 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby TrueHD ), French ( DTS 5.1 ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town is about a group of friends who live in the picturesque town of Beaver's Ridge-the epitome of wholesomeness and strong family values. Their orderly life is interrupted by the homecoming of Cassie Cranston, whom they slut-shamed into leaving town when she was a teenager. Now a big-city sex writer, Cassie returns home to face an unwelcome reception by her former friends, and finds an opportunity to seek revenge by writing a book about them when they ask her if she'll help them plan an orgy. ...How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
- Language : English, French
- Director : Jeremy LaLonde
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 96 minutes
- Actors : Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Mark O'Brien
- Subtitles: : French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Cheyenne Caarron Productions
- ASIN : B08MDTP1DY
- Country of origin : France
- Number of discs : 1
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Basically, you keep hoping that something will actually happen beyond biting their lower lip and hopping from foot to foot but it doesn't, mainly.
It's winsome enough - in other words fairly funny and the concept is promising, but it could have been savagely amusing if the direction had been more daring. There is insufficient nudity, however handled, to justify the plot, let alone to delight (or shock, depending on which view you usually take of it). One thing works, though - the title of the picture. They do one hell of a lot of planning but almost no orgying and no orgying means no real chance to set the town alight, small though it may well be.
This is, in part, a modest ribbing of small-town life, but is more about relationships (with no treacle). The simulated sex is played for humor, and the nudity is contextual and limited (and if that's a body double in Jewel's big nude scene, I don't want to know that. Ever). Like the other films mentioned, it is pleasantly satisfying
If you have been deterred by Amazon's BD-R warning, in case BD-Rs are as inferior to BDs as DVD-Rs are to DVDs, don't be. I haven't seen a BD-R before, and this one has a dark label side which makes it hard to see the data side, but the latter does appear much darker than a standard Blu-ray. There is no indication on the box or disk that this is anything but a Blu-ray, and my Oppo reads it as a standard Blu-ray. The bit rate is between 20 and 30 Mb/sec, like an ordinary BD. The picture is crisp and detailed (and the film has high production values for a small, indie film), and looks beautiful on a big screen. Indeed, if this really is a BD-R, I see why they blocked them from the North American market; you could record far better ones off satellite than you could buy from the studios (with all that annoying garbage like forced previews and time bars, which this disk doesn't have). I don't buy DVD-Rs because they are standard def visual hash, but I won't hesitate to buy BD-Rs if they all look as good as this one.
To be frank, the main reason I picked up this DVD was Jewel Staite. I fell head-over-heels for her after her portrayal of the feisty engineer in the science fiction movie SERENITY. She reminds me a bit of a young Dana Delaney.
Unfortunately, while this movie COULD have been pretty good, in the end it fell short of what I was expecting. The main reason was pretty simple: they pretty much made a "G" Rated film. Why does one want a G Rated movie with a title like this one? There's maybe 5 seconds of nudity in the whole film & most of it is male nudity (yawn). The course of the film had every opportunity for much, much more....but always held back. Too bad.