The Oranges (2012)

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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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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 fiancé 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), which would please both families, it's her parents' best friend David who captures Nina's attention. -- (C) ATO Pictures
Rating:
R (for language including sexual references, and some drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Hugh Laurie
as David
Alia Shawkat
as Vanessa
Adam Brody
as Toby
Sam Rosen
as Ethan
Aya Cash
as Maya
Hoon Lee
as Henry Chart
Tim Guinee
as Roger
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Critic Reviews for The Oranges

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26)

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The Oranges does not taste freshly squeezed.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The Oranges displays an air of efficient economy. Nothing is messy, no beat too long, the actors hit their marks.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Oranges

½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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