AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2009
By Don Simpson | October 20, 2009
Director: Andrew Drazek
Writer(s): Ted Beck
Starring: Laura Silverman, Yasmine Kittles, Jordan Kessler, Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Adam Busch, Edrick Browne, Ted Beck
What better place to meet for a first orgy amongst friends than Cummings Farm, right? It is as if the place was named not to be a strawberry farm at all, but specifically for orgies…
We first meet a young Jewish couple, Yasmine (Yasmine Kittles) and Alan (Adam Busch), as they bicker about which wine would be better suited for the orgy: Beaver or Platypus? (The sexual innuendoes abound in Cummings Farm.) Their sexual relationship has been on the rocks, and Yasmine hopes that this orgy is going to kick-start their sex life again. Alan is a quirky tight-wad who is only going for the ride in the hopes of a chance to get with Yasmine’s friend Rachel.
Next, we are introduced to Rachel (Aimee-Lynn Chadwick) and Gordon (Jordan Kessler). Gordon is an alcoholic with no ambitions other than drinking, and that is a tremendous source of tension between him and Rachel – so, like Yasmine and Alan, they bicker a lot too. We are not sure why Rachel wants to have an orgy, other than to hopefully get away from Gordon for a while. Gordon is drunk enough to not care about whom he’s having sexual relations with.
The only married couple to participate in this charade is Tina (Laura Silverman) and Todd (Ted Beck – who is also the screenwriter). Cummings Farm is owned by Tina’s family and it is where she grew up. Tina has had two children, and apparently has a very low self-esteem. She’s also the token country bumpkin of the group (meaning that she’s dumb as a doorknob). Todd is an A&R rep for a record label, and he looks like a child molester – so it isn’t surprising that Todd is the most in to the concept of the orgy, having planned out several warm-up activities; while Tina is the least interested, constantly being haunted by thoughts of her children who are staying with her mother.
We are never told who or what instigated this event. From the six-some’s discussions, we know that the three females are friends, while the males dislike each other immensely. So it was probably the females, but we never find out why? This makes Cummings Farm the antithesis of Humpday – as the film opts to jump straight to the main event rather than harping on the why’s and how’s.
Andrew Drazek’s directorial debut may read like a low-budget independent soft-porn flick, but there is no nudity and very little sex. Nonetheless, prudes should be aware that there are a few frank and mature discussions about sex and anatomy. Personally, I think Drazek and Beck deserve kudos for keeping the humor out of the gutter.