How to Plan a Small-town Orgy is big-time fun

Desire and reality collide in awkward sex comedy


HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN (Jeremy LaLonde). 101 minutes. Opens Friday (May 13). See Listing. Rating: NNN


How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town is a bait-and-switch, but in a good way. It’s an awkward sex comedy with a surprisingly warm heart and some very deep laughs.

Jewel Staite (Firefly) stars as Cassie Cranston, a big-city sex columnist who returns to her hometown of Beaver Ridge, Ontario, for her mother’s funeral only to find herself enlisted in the titular activity by a bunch of would-be swingers.

Among the squares: Cassie’s childhood rival Heather (Lauren Lee Smith), withdrawn music store owner Chester (Jonas Chernick) and his more adventurous Gen-Y clerk (Tommie-Amber Pirie), and Heather’s husband, Adam (Ennis Esmer), for whom Cassie is still carrying a bit of a torch.

As in his last feature, Sex After Kids, writer/director Jeremy LaLonde builds comedy out of the collision of desire and reality and gives everyone in the considerable ensemble cast – which also includes Orphan Black’s Kristian Bruun and Hannibal’s Katharine Isabelle in an unexpected comic breakout – a moment to shine. 

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