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How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2015)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 13 May 2016 (USA)
When "town slut" turned sex columnist Cassie Cranston returns for her mother's funeral it spices things up in the small town of Beaver's Ridge when a group of eccentric town folk, each with their own motives, convince her to plan an orgy.

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Jeremy LaLonde

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Jeremy LaLonde

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Jewel Staite ... Cassie Cranston
Ennis Esmer ... Adam Mitchell
Lauren Lee Smith ... Heather Mitchell
Katharine Isabelle ... Alice Solomon
Mark O'Brien ... Bruce Buck
Tommie-Amber Pirie ... Polly Murray
Jonas Chernick ... Chester O'Connell
James McGowan ... Spencer Goode
Kristian Bruun ... Seth Parsons
Gugun Deep Singh ... Gus
Zoe Cleland ... Young Cassie
Natalie Brown ... Anna
Lauren Holly ... Mauren Cranston
Noah Cappe ... Otis
Christine Horne ... Ellie
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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.

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What's a little sex between friends?

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Comedy | Drama

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Canada

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English

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13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como Planejar Uma Orgia em Uma Cidade Pequena See more »

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Unionville, Ontario, Canada

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The shots inside Union Station in Toronto were shot "guerrilla style" with only Jewel Staite, director Jeremy LaLonde and DIrector of Cinematography, Gregor Hagey. See more »

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When Heather Mitchell is talking to the doctor about her husband's sperm (approximately 20 minutes into the film) , she is holding the phone upside-down. See more »

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Alice Solomon: [speaking about pornstars] I hate to tell you this, sweetie, but, those women aren't actually real.
Seth Parsons: What's so real about you?
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How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
26 January 2017 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Foremost: there are no orgies in How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town. Well, there are a few failed attempts, but they tend to be more tragicomic than sensual. And, after all, that's the point of the movie. Instead of making a vulgar comedy (something which would have surely been more lucrative), director and screenwriter Jeremy LaLonde made an analysis on the sexual politics of an idyllic Canadian community, simultaneously more repressed and perverse than what many people would suppose. Sure, it isn't a newfangled idea... the turbulent secrets under the placid surface of a small town are a recurrent theme in cinema from its origins themselves (some of my favorite examples: Blue Velvet, The Wicker Man -1973-, Village of the Damned -1960-); and even though How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town isn't particularly "erotic", I found it moderately interesting... but not very satisfactory. The main pro of this film is the competent performances from the whole cast, highlighting Jewel Staite, Katharine Isabelle and Kristian Bruun. As for the result of the failed orgies, it's quite predictable: love for some ones, repaired (or destroyed) relationship for other ones and emotional catharsis to those who were hiding some painful sexual secret. In other words, it might have the title of a sexual comedy, but the truth is that How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town ends up preaching the same monogamous fantasies of conventional romantic cinema. In conclusion, this movie is much more innocuous than it seems, but I have to say it never bored me. I just wish the screenplay was funnier, or genuinely subversive, instead of staying into a lukewarm niche which doesn't want to offend anyone... except the ones who were expecting the attractive actresses to show up naked.


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