Angela Sarafyan, Will Forte, Lindsay Sloane and Lake Bell

When cowriters/directors Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory began casting for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, they knew they needed an ensemble cast of actors with chemistry and an authentic, believable dynamic. Conveniently, their top picks—Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Lake Bell and Lindsay Sloane—had a major advantage: they were already friends.

“Will and Jason had worked together at SNL and were a great comedy duo,” says Huyck. “Lake and Lindsay had been friends since they did Over Her Dead Body together. Angela [Sarafyan] was brand new to the group, but she was our only choice to play Martin Starr’s quirky girlfriend, Willow, and by the end of the shoot, she was like everyone’s little sister.”

The film, which opens September 2, follows a group of high school friends, now in their late twenties, as they go to a lavish Hamptons home for one last hurrah before the place is sold. Sudeikis’ character, Eric, is the master of ceremonies and decides the only way to really go out is with a (quite literal) bang.

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