Right as his irreverent cartoon sensation South Park was starting to win a television following, Trey Parker directed and starred in this project of equal cheeky audacity, which didn't see the light of day until after South Park became a huge hit. Parker never met a taboo he didn't want to tweak, but never let it be said that he's laughing at his material rather than with it. He plays Joe Young totally straight, which elevates Orgazmo beyond a bundle of inside jokes meant for his friends, to the higher plane of an enthusiastic parody that happens to make liberal use of the inherent vulgar humor of a porn set. Parker judges neither the porn kings nor their polar opposites, the fundamentalist Christians, so everyone is along for the same silly ride. Childish and clearly meant for South Park's teen audience, Orgazmo nonetheless refuses to win its viewers by showing skin. In fact, the film's few glimpses of breasts are immediately eclipsed by a man's hairy rear end -- Parker's teasing rebuke of those who rented the movie for prurient reasons. Consistent with Parker's naughty word fetish, the film earned an NC-17 rating more for its relentless use of industry terminology, much of it unprintable here. Although sex toys and other surprise shocks appear throughout, Parker prefers the imagination to fill in the gaps, as with one hilarious shot of the tangle of writhing legs attending to a particularly gymnastic starlet. South Park collaborator Matt Stone is also on hand as an on-set errand boy amusingly confused about his sexuality.
by Derek Armstrong review