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Several comments: Hugh Laurie (yes, he of the "House" TV series) shows again with this performance how versatile he really is. (Remember a year ago he released an album "Let Them Talk", which was critically well-received.) I'm sure it had to be a relief for Laurie to be playing a character so vastly different from "House". However, Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt also bring choice performances. It's difficult to assess Leighton Meester, as it is hard to make that leap of faith to see what she sees in David, who is twice her age.Read more ›
The cast is very funny. If you have seen any of these actors in previous films (and I am sure you have), the characters they play are exactly what you would expect. Given the quality of the actors, this is not a bad thing.
The movie offers a critique of suburbanism and consumerism without being as heavy-handed or blatant as something like American Beauty. While a comedy, it also is not as ridiculous as some other films with similar vents. The characters reflect on who they are and how they feel about their lives. Note that this is not a particularly romantic movie, although it would be good to watch on a date.
The Oranges is definitely worth the time and/or financial investment.
The plot is solid and believable, the dialogue is solid and believable, the characters are (for the most part) solid and believable, and the acting is strong from start to finish. Again, definitely "worth a look."
No real weaknesses anywhere, which sounds like "faint praise," but really isn't, because so many movies these days have glaring weaknesses. So it really is nice to watch a movie that doesn't have any weak spots - makes it very enjoyable and satisfying to watch.
Nina breaks up with her boyfriend and comes home for Thanksgiving after two years. The parents hope to fix her up with Toby Walling (Adam Brody), but Nina has suddenly developed a taste for older men, older married men who sleep on the couch. They are quickly discovered and the film goes into a mild disaster mode with crude comments from Nina's mom (Allison Janney) and snarky remarks from the hurt Vanessa.
The film had some funny parts, but for the most part it simply makes you smile at the awkward situation. The characters were well developed. The dialouge was decent. It has appeal and is worth a view, at least once. Leighton Meester did a great job.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Some crude sex talk.
Still the main problem isn't the confusion over the plotting but the lack of chemistry between Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester as the Woody Allen/Soon-Yi couple that throw everything into an uproar. In a better script or a better directed movie, they might pass as a couple of people who find each other and fall in love. In this movie, they are purely a plot contrivance. No one wants to see them together, least of all the actors. So much of the movie is about everyone being angry at them for being together, that any explanation as to WHY they are together is lost.
And that's an awfully glaring omission. No romantic comedy should get away with the "well they are both attractive white people so why not?" laziness, but several do and audiences accept the contrivances from sheer goodwill. However, there is a world of difference between Katherine Heigl and the male lead "falling in love" in a series of whacky adventures and this movie where the reasons NOT to get together are much more compelling than "they meet cute but she's a career woman and he's a manchild." She's the daughter of his best friends. He knew her as a child. His daughter is her best friend and his son is in love with her.Read more ›
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I have this movie simply because I enjoy the work of Hugh Laurie. The plot is beneath him.Published 7 months ago by Mary E. Fisher
Rent it if you have to see it but save the shelf space otherwise. What were these four fine actors (and the reason(s) I bought the DVD) thinking of? Read morePublished 7 months ago by anzatowndog
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