The Oranges
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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), which would please both families, it's her parents' best friend David who captures Nina's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The intervention of Tony Soprano, who lives not far away, is urgently called for."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The problem is that there's nothing terribly funny about families and friendships being torn asunder."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"There's plenty of potential for jagged black humour in this suburban comedy-drama, but the filmmakers never take a single risk."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The Oranges does not taste freshly squeezed."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Although the film suffers during certain plot developments, the set-up and much of the dialogue ring true in this dramedy."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"The acting almost varnishes the fractured surface, enabling the audience to accept the film as a deeply felt, feelgood family comedy."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"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."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The Oranges displays an air of efficient economy. Nothing is messy, no beat too long, the actors hit their marks."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The dialogue's much saltier and sharper than you expect from a drama that's essentially playing it safe."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"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."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
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