The Oranges

  • 15
  • Julian Farino (2011)
  • US
  • 86 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This laboured families-in-strife comedy drama doesn't merit the calibre of its stellar line-up. Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play best friends and neighbours in a well-to-do New Jersey suburb. They hope that Laurie and Keener's son (Adam Brody) will fall for Platt and Janney's daughter (Leighton Meester) when she comes home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Instead, she begins an affair with Laurie, causing turmoil and threatening marriages, but there is a suggestion that these complacent, middle-aged people needed their lives shaken up. It's all mildly amusing, if fairly obvious, stuff and it's impeccably played by the superb cast. But you can't help feeling that they all deserve something rather more worthy of their talents.

Plot Summary

A rebellious young woman returns home to her family after breaking up with her fiance, and has an affair with her parents' middle-aged married neighbour, who is also the father of her childhood best friend. The discovery of the fling throws the relationship between both families into chaos. Comedy drama, starring Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener and Allison Janney.

Cast and crew

Cast

David Walling
Hugh Laurie
Nina Ostroff
Leighton Meester
Paige Walling
Catherine Keener
Cathy Ostroff
Allison Janney
Terry Ostroff
Oliver Platt
Vanessa Walling
Alia Shawkat
Toby Walling
Adam Brody
Ethan
Sam Rosen
Roger
Tim Guinee
Henry Chart
Hoon Lee
Maya
Aya Cash

Crew

Director
Julian Farino

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 7 Dec 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama