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The Oranges [DVD]

Hugh Laurie , Catherine Keener , Julian Farino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Leighton Meester
  • Directors: Julian Farino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJN0L0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,886 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie--TV series House, Catherine Keener--Where the Wild Things Are) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt--Please Give, Allison Janney--The Help) are best friends and neighbours living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester--Date Night), newly broken up with her fiancé, returns home for Thanksgiving after a 5-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbours, Toby Walling (Adam Brody--TV series The O.C.), which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention.

When the connection between Nina and David becomes undeniable, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval, particularly Vanessa Walling’s (Alia Shawkat--TV show Arrested Development), Nina’s childhood best friend. It’s not long before the ramifications of the affair begin to work on all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways, leading everyone to reawaken to their lives and reassess what it means to be happy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange you glad this has gone to pre-order?! 12 Mar 2013
This is a great quirky comedy in the mould of Juno, Extract etc. Hugh Laurie is on top form as the bored middle-aged family man who begins an unlikely relationship with his best friend's teenage daughter, with darkly funny repurcussions for all concerned! Highly recommended 5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Laurie funny as ever 18 April 2013
If you love quirky films you'll love this! Really fun film, cracking one liners, awkward situations that make you cringe and it has seth from the OC... what's not to love?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING HAPPY 12 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 12 May 2013
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Thouroughly enjoyed this film. Hugh Laurie can do no wrong in my eyes, he's amazing.I'd recommend it for good family entertainment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hugh is an actor of extremes 1 May 2014
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While remaining watchable, The Oranges is an underwhelming movie which wastes the huge talents of Hugh Laurie as a character who is so nice and middle aged man next door that I half expected to see Stuart Little pop up from his pocket.
I expect he was trying to do something different than his irascible quick witted House character and he does this in a competent manner but the whole thing is just an unconvincing light weight look at a mid life crisis. The acting is OK but a disappointing next move for an actor who is so compelling in more extreme roles whether it be George in Blackadder or the creepy spymaster in Spooks.
If Hugh gets tired of playing with playing blues, I hope he finds a great crazy character to get his teeth into as is his forte! Meanwhile this movie is worth a watch but don't expect another masterpiece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Oranges - An easy-going film. 3 April 2014
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I love both Hugh Laurie and Allison Janney so this was an obvious choice. A nice sympathetic film to watch on a rainy afternoon.
Just a slice of life that most ordinary people occasionally have to deal with. In this case dealt with by true professionals.
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