Without question, they key reason to watch The Oranges
is its utterly sublime cast. Led by Hugh Laurie, in his first big screen role post-House
, the ensemble also features the brilliant Allison Janney, and the continually underrated Catherine Keener. Perhaps inevitably, this excellent company of acting talent doesn't quite get enough to work with, but The Oranges
remains a film well worth seeking out.
It's a comedy drama at heart, telling the story of best friends and neighbours living in the midst of domestic suburbia. Things get complicated, in ways we're not going to spoil here, and The Oranges, with a fair few welcome quirks, tells a tale that, in truth, cinema has addressed before. Laurie in particularly is in excellent form though, in a role that, not for the first time in his career, has undertones of darkness to it.
It's a shame that the disc release doesn't feature more in the way of extra features, yet this is an off-radar, low-budget enterprise that warrants both time and attention. Funny, interesting and just a little bit undercooked, its cracks are more than compensated for by that aforementioned cast, who are a continual delight to spend time in the company with. –Jon Foster