“How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town”: In this sweet — if overlong — Canadian comedy, a sex columnist comes home and finds herself organizing a surprising get-together. 2 stars out of 4.

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Ah, that title drew you in, didn’t it? “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town” is a mild, good-natured sex comedy from Canadian filmmaker Jeremy LaLonde — and no, the title is not a metaphor.

Sex columnist Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite) returns to her despised hometown of Beaver’s Ridge for her mother’s funeral. Her catty former high-school classmate Heather (Lauren Lee Smith), desperate to prove how very up-to-date things are in their town, suggests Cassie organize an orgy. (This is, I suspect, not the sort of thing that usually happens immediately post-funeral in small towns, but perhaps I don’t run with the right crowd.) Cassie, who’s long past deadline on her new book, reluctantly agrees, purely for manuscript fodder.

Much of the second half of the film involves people standing around awkwardly, clad in a varied assortment of underwear, an occasionally fascinating primer on the who-goes-with-whom aspect of the activity (in a small town, it turns out, everyone has a complex history with everyone else) and a fair bit of sex, of the R rather than the NC-17 variety. All of this is sporadically funny and cheerfully tasteless in its low-budget way, but it’s also unevenly acted, a bit overlong and never quite as daring as it seems to want to be.

Movie Review ★★  

‘How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town,’ with Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Lauren Lee Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Jonas Chernick, Christine Horne. Written and directed by Jeremy LaLonde. 101 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains nudity and sexuality). Varsity.

By the end of “Orgy,” you may well be ready for this film to put on its clothes and go home.