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Movie Review: Orgies and the Meaning of Life

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My old friend Manny Progdon (née Danny Trogdon, aka Nina del Groodt) and I have a shorthand when it comes to discussing our opinion of any particular movie. A common answer to the question, "Did you like it?" is "Well, it was more interesting than good" or "I admired it more than I liked it." Had Manny | Danny | Nina asked what I thought of Orgies and the Meaning of Life, one of those two answers would have been my reply. Some aspects of the film worked well; some felt glaringly off-kilter, but all in all I do think it's a film worth seeing, considering and discussing. While it fails from time to time, at least it's ambitious. And there's plenty of well-lit sex.

Multi-hyphenate Brad T. Gottfred plays Baxter, a young writer with a litany of personal and professional issues. In short, his dad is a celebrated Christian author-slash-bully who isn't happy that Baxter has decided to write a book about stick figures who fuck and pontificate about the existence of a portal into the 3-D world. Meantime, Baxter is screwing his way through Los Angeles in search of "The One". Unfortunately, the only way he can keep his pud stiff is to imagine that while he is filling up Ms. Right Now with peen, he is also banging (or being banged by) his ex-wife, his old girlfriend, his agent, a one-night stand et al. Like I said, it's an ambitious film.