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.
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.
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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