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The Oranges (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 49

Despite the efforts of its accomplished cast, The Oranges suffers from a mediocre script that fails to deliver well-rounded characters, dramatic tension, or sufficient laughs.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 18

Despite the efforts of its accomplished cast, The Oranges suffers from a mediocre script that fails to deliver well-rounded characters, dramatic tension, or sufficient laughs.

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David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancÚ Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody),

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Ian Helfer

May 7, 2013

$0.4M

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (49)

The intervention of Tony Soprano, who lives not far away, is urgently called for.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Oranges does not taste freshly squeezed.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The leafy green trees evident everywhere in what purports to be New Jersey Christmas scenes aren't the only thing that feels off in the predictable domestic bedroom comedy The Oranges.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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You want something that plays a little sharper, and cuts a little deeper. You want something that demands more of its performers, and delivers more to its audience.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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You know the movie has an insurmountable problem when the two adulterers, who profess to be madly in love, don't even seem like they want to be in the same room.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The Oranges displays an air of efficient economy. Nothing is messy, no beat too long, the actors hit their marks.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Oranges dabbles with transgressive ideas (for a moment it felt like the film was implying that infidelity could be a positive force in everyone's lives) before retreating into stupefyingly predictable and safe rhythms.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Although the film suffers during certain plot developments, the set-up and much of the dialogue ring true in this dramedy.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

It's the cast that carries a film like this, offering a strong level of acting gravitas to support a bitingly cynical script about the tawdry happenings in a suburb.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The problem is that there's nothing terribly funny about families and friendships being torn asunder.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The acting almost varnishes the fractured surface, enabling the audience to accept the film as a deeply felt, feelgood family comedy.

December 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The dialogue's much saltier and sharper than you expect from a drama that's essentially playing it safe.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

There's plenty of potential for jagged black humour in this suburban comedy-drama, but the filmmakers never take a single risk.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The movie's horribly jaunty soundtrack is a problem. Ditto the blah camera-work. But mostly it's the script, which turns out to be spineless.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

How much you enjoy this comedy will depend upon how gross you consider the idea of a married 50-year-old father having an affair with his best friend's 24-year-old daughter.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A tricky social conundrum is boiled down, lightly prodded and then forgotten by the roadside. Shame.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Disappoints with its gooey liberalism and its failure to find a convincing dramatic register for the central relationship.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

I'm not sure a better cast has ever gone more ickily astray than in this most misbegotten of dramedies.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's no classic but diverting enough. At the very least it will most likely put your family Christmas feuds into perspective.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Marital crisis in the New Jersey suburbs feels like yesterday's soggy granola in this impressively witless clone of American Beauty.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Sporadic in its own sparkle, middling in its wit, the film will be required viewing mainly for Hugh Laurie phenomenologists ...

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Engaging dysfunctional family comedy-drama with terrific performances from a superb ensemble cast, though it's not quite as edgy as it should have been.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

An honest look into stale relationships and an ultimately optimistic view of how things can change even if they initially appear slightly ikky.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Beautifully acted, lovingly shot and something of a pre-Christmas treat to enjoy, one segment at a time.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for The Oranges

Sex. Betrayal. Scandal. Make yourself at home.

Very good movie I liked it! Although this film does not have a complicated plot or much depth, I thought it was fun and found myself smiling all the way through. If you are looking for a simple and amusing film this is the one for you. The story observes many real life feelings and situations even if it does cross over into the surreal sometimes. It doesn't have the scripted feeling that so many comedies seem to fall into and keeps a jovial feeling without leaving you cringing. I thought Hugh Laurie was brilliant as House and I have wanted to see him in other things but was put off by the rating on this film. It is never going to be an epic but it is fantastic for what it is. A true feel good movie if you are in the mood for a dose of reality and can put aside some skepticism.

The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.
November 1, 2013
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Manu Gino

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In 1998 Julian Farino made a film called The Last Yellow. I loved it and told everyone I knew to go see it. The press hated it and I've been waiting for him to make another film ever since. Finally, in 2012 he makes The Oranges. This time, I dislike it and the press think it's ok. Honestly though, I'll try to put the fact that I was anticipating this film for 14 years to one side and make a fair judgement. It's got a great cast and I really wanted to like it but it soon went into corny, cliched and cringe-worthy territory, pretended to be right on, quirky and different and failed miserably. I didn't like it. Everything I didn't want to happen, happened.
June 12, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

We just watched this one tonight and I was impressed. Great cast, a tough story, and a well done film all around. I'm giving it four stars. I had never seen Alia Shawkat, as Vanessa, before, and really liked her fresh face. She served as the narrator and was probably the sanest of the major characters. The two women, Paige (Keener) and Carol (Janney), grated on the nerves a bit with their histrionics, but, I could overlook that as the various relationships played out. Seeing Keener and Platt together on the screen again, reminded me of Please Give, and Paige was in many ways similar to Kate from the earlier film, but that proved interesting by comparison. I also enjoyed the two extra featurettes on the disc, a making of and a behind the scenes offering. It was interesting to hear the various participants talk about the film. Hugh Laurie commented that the challenge is to present the central characters as believable as a couple, but also to make them sympathetic, someone that you can root for. In that effort, I felt they were particularly successful.
June 21, 2013
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

At first thought that this romantic comedy/drama mix could deliver, mainly relying on the cast starring Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, and Adam Brody. It was directed by Julian Farino (debut as motion picture director), and the story deals with a scandal involving a married man and his friends' daughter. Not a comfortable story but offers lots of opportunities. The weakest part was the screenplay which didn?t use all these opportunities these situations were giving. When you have one couple, David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener) being friends for decades with Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt and Allison Janney) and as best friends and neighbours share everything , it is missed opportunity if you concentrate only on the affair. Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancÚ (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbours, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it's her parents' best friend David who captures Nina's attention? and instead of hell braking loose? everything was pretty lame for a reaction! On the other hand, the script, written by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, appeared on 2008's Black List of best unproduced work; funny part is that list also featured The Beaver and Inglourious Basterds.

I still think that the casting was superb but it's a familiar story and even superb cast could not make it fresh. I cannot say I didnt enjoy it ! I loved how the film examines the interpersonal dynamics in an honest way, but for a higher score this movie needed to deliver little sharper, and cuts a little deeper: something that demands more of its performers, and delivers more to its audience.
July 31, 2013
PantaOz
Panta Oz

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    1. Vanessa Walling: There is no card that says sorry my daughter tried to bang your husband.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Vanessa Walling: Okay, it's time to kill myself. Will somebody shoot me?
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Nina Ostroff: Can't we just be normal?
    2. Terry Ostroff: What's normal?
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
    1. Terry Ostroff: Okay I hurt my ankle.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
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