The Oranges (2012)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for The Oranges
The intervention of Tony Soprano, who lives not far away, is urgently called for.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Oranges
Entertaining but ultimately somewhat flat comedy about a middle aged guy dating his best friend's daughter. There are some funny moments, especially when the film dares to be a little naughty, which isn't too often. It doesn't help that the ending has to follow the conventions of Hollywood comedies and that big age differences can never work out. A wasted opportunity to be somewhat different. The cast works, though.
In "The Oranges," David(Hugh Laurie) & Paige(Catherine Keener) and Terry(Oliver Platt) & Cathy(Allison Janney) are a pair of close knit middle aged couples living across the street from each other in suburban New Jersey. So much so, that David and Terry jog together every morning and they all celebrate the holidays together, even as Terry and Cathy's daughter Nina(Leighton Meester) cannot make it home in time. That holds true until her scumbag of a fiance, Ethan(Sam Rosen), cheats on her. And when she does come home, she warms up romantically to David while his daughter Vanessa(Alia Shawkat) seethes in her room and at work. While maybe not looking like much on the surface, "The Oranges" succeeds by a being a comically perceptive movie about suburbia that is aided by an excellent cast, especially Hugh Laurie who underplays magnificiently. The movie is kind towards its flawed characters and even handed in showing that suburbia can be a comfortable place to be while also a trap of sorts. For example, Tina who at least has a life of her own makes some huge mistakes in the movie but is at an age where she can recover and learn from them whereas Vanessa does nothing more than just complain in retail purgatory.
I'm surprised at the bad reviews. I enjoyed this. Storyline is a bit iffy with younger girl falling for her father's best friend, who also happens to be married, but it's really well done and the cast are excellent. It's a drama, but there is a kind of black humour to it, and it's kind of a Xmas movie too, which I didn't expect.
The Oranges Quotes
|Vanessa Walling:||There is no card that says sorry my daughter tried to bang your husband.|
|Vanessa Walling:||Okay, it's time to kill myself. Will somebody shoot me?|
|Nina Ostroff:||Can't we just be normal?|
|Terry Ostroff:||What's normal?|
|Terry Ostroff:||Okay I hurt my ankle.|
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