The Oranges

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A guy falls for the daughter of a family friend, making life just a bit awkward for himself and the family.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.2/10 (147 voted)

Julian Farino

Stars: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Adam Brody

A guy falls for the daughter of a family friend, making life just a bit awkward for himself and the family.

Writers: Ian Helfer, Jay Reiss


Leighton Meester

Nina Ostroff

Hugh Laurie

David Walling

Adam Brody

Toby Walling

Catherine Keener

Paige Walling

Allison Janney

Carol Ostroff

Alia Shawkat

Vanessa Walling

Oliver Platt

Terry Ostroff

Boyd Holbrook


Tim Guinee


Aya Cash


Lucas Papaelias


Hoon Lee

Henry Chart

Sam Rosen


Cassidy Gard


Heidi Kristoffer


Release Date: 3 Jan 2012

Filming Locations: New Rochelle, New York, USA

Did You Know?


Paul Wesley auditioned for the role of Ethan.

User Review

It's not that long from May to December


So a guy whose marriage is on the rocks gets together with a girl who
has just broken up with her fiancée after she catches him cheating.
Yawn? Oh, wait, did I forget to mention that the guy David (Hugh
Laurie) is twice as old as the girl Nina (Leighton Meester), who
happens to be the daughter of David's best friend Terry (Oliver Platt),
and that the two families live across the street from each other? And
it gets better: David's daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat ) used to be
best friends with Nina, and his son Toby (Adam Brodie) is romantically
interested in Nina.

Now you have the premise of "The Oranges". But is this just another
movie about naughty May-December relationships (of which the
best-in-class is undoubtedly "The Graduate")? Not really. The
relationship itself is basically a given. It happens quickly at the
beginning of the movie, and is almost immediately discovered by Nina's
meddling mother (Allison Janney). But rather than ending with this
discovery, the film really begins here, exploring the conflicted views
of society (or at least of American society) toward such relationships
through the lens of 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 screenplay by
Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss.

Some viewers may be dismayed 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 the Hollywood plot
line to issue a strong moral condemnation? In general, not since the
1950's, but should there be an exception in this case? What about the
May- December thing? And the other lives that were changed — were they
changed for better or worse?

Whatever you think about all the questions it raises, I hope you
appreciate the spot-on performances by the entire cast, and that you
find The Oranges to be as enjoyable and thought-provoking as I did.