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The Oranges (2011)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BT765ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fresh-squeezed laughs and sexy fun sweeten this critically-acclaimed comedy with an all-star cast, including Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt and Catherine Keener. What does it take to be truly happy? Two suburban families are about to find out when the Ostroffs' rebellious daughter Nina (Meester) returns home and starts an adulterous affair with long-time family friend David Walling (Laurie.) The outrageous scandal reaches a hilarious new heights during the holidays and makes these New Jersey neighbors tear apart more than just wrapping paper. Love is a wrecking ball headed straight for The Oranges...and it may just change all of their lives forever.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly pleasant family drama/comedy November 9, 2012
Format:DVD
"The Oranges" (2012 release; 90 min.) brings the story of two married couples living across the street from each other. There is Terry and Cathy Ostroff (played by Oliver Platt and Allison Janney). Terry and Cathy are best friends with David and Paige Walling (played by Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener), whose marriage is not going well and whose twenty-something yr. old daughter Vanessa still lives with them. This is in sharp contrast with Terry and Cathy's daughter (and Vanessa's childhood friend) Nina (played by Leighton Meester), who is living "la vida loca" in San Francisco. Things go unexpectedly sour for Nina who, tails between her legs, moves in with her parents. The two families are enjoying their time together, until Nina and David develop a crush on each other (despite their significant age difference). At that point we are about one-third into the movie, and to tell you more of the plot would simply ruin your viewing experience. But as you can well imagine, all kinds of crazy situations develop from there, some of them funny, others bittersweet, and yet other moments outright sad.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Thoughtful Movie September 15, 2013
By iceberg
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I had never heard of this movie until I randomly came across it on Amazon. Between the cast and description, had to give it a try. My wife and I were not disappointed. It is well worth a watch.

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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth a Look May 8, 2013
Format:DVD
While this wasn't the greatest movie ever made, it definitely was solid. With a lot of movies I watch, I find myself stopping and starting the DVD every once in awhile as I get distracted by something else. So, for me to watch a movie from start to finish without interruptions is a rarity. This was one of those movies.
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING HAPPY May 12, 2013
Format:DVD
This is another feel good, feel awkward, sometimes humorous indie. The beginning of the film establishes the characters of the six main players. Two families are best friends. They do everything together, but not all is well. David Walling (Hugh Laurie) has been sleeping on the couch. His daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat) does some first person narration. Growing up she was best friends with Nina (Leighton Meester) who is part of the second family. Unlike Vanessa, Nina is a free spirit and Vanessa sees her as the antagonist.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A bit of fluff…or is it? This smart script written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss explores the conflicted views of society toward off kilter relationships through the tragicomic reactions of the two families and a few friends. These reactions, which range from awkward to furious, form the heart of the warm, funny, and occasionally touching movie. Some viewers may be distraught by the moral neutrality of the film, but since when did an intimate relationship between consenting adults, one of whom happens to be unhappily married, require censors to issue a strong moral condemnation? Not since the 1950's, yet we still talk about (and film) May- December coupling and other aspects of relationships that are far more detrimental to Good Housekeeping mentality than this story.

David (Hugh Laurie) and Paige (Catherine Keener) have a flatline marriage and a handsome young son Toby (Adam Brody) and funky daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat). They live across the street from best friends Terry (Oliver Platt) and Cathy (Allison Janney) whose wayward daughter Nina (Leighton Meester) has returned home from San Francisco for the holidays after breaking up with her fiancée Ethan (Sam Rosen) after she catches him cheating. Cathy sees the perfect timing for Nina to re-connect with the very eligible Toby, tries all tricks to make this happens, but Nina will not be told how to respond. Instead Nina and David become entangled in an affair, which cause all manner of alterations in the ‘friendship’ between the two families and the relationship between the parents of each.

In the hands of other actors this would just be a silly, flippant Rom-com, but given the cast and direction by Julian Farino it is a fine examination of human foibles. Grady Harp, November 13
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4.0 out of 5 stars was pretty good, it was a huge change of pace ...
was pretty good, it was a huge change of pace to see hugh laurie playing a non-limping family person... not House
Published 9 days ago by Jeremy Yancey
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too depressed by the movie to give a thorough review. The protagonists were insufferable... the script was, ugh...
Published 20 days ago by Cheryl Button
4.0 out of 5 stars ... CHECK OF OLD MAN DATING YOUNG TEEN This was fun to watch
ENJOYABLE REALITY CHECK OF OLD MAN DATING YOUNG TEEN
This was fun to watch... I saw another old movie [Gary Cooper in "Ten North Frederick"] that also brought this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This film was a different take on an older man dating a younger woman.
Published 3 months ago by S. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie for a slow night
This movie is well acted and enjoyable to watch, but it's not anything amazing. It's a look back at the narrator's life at a time when things and people seemed tired and stagnant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Portis
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and underwhelming
Unfortunately, this excellent cast of veteran actors (Catherine Keener! Hugh Laurie! Oliver Platt! Allison Janney!) has to contend with a weak and undeveloped script. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Supertuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the insanity.
The Oranges is a cute, quirky little indie flick. The acting is superb by Hugh Laurie, Allison Janney, and Oliver Platt. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ADRIENNE MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the Rough...
This movie was a late night purchase and well worth it...This movie is about to families that our neighbors and the daughter of one family hooks up with the dad from the other, it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, genuine tale of two families
I really enjoyed the movie and thought the acting was superb. The lines were delivered perfectly which made the humor even more entertaining. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lennie Pennisi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Oranges Makes for a Fun Night at the Movies
This is a great movie if one just wants to sit back and enjoy the comedy. Both my wife and I at times laughed out loud. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edward W. Limbach
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