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Julian Farino's New Jersey drama about a transgressive relationship ducks out of the nitty-gritty

It is 26-year-old Leighton Meester's destiny to appear in a movie alongside Julianne Moore, playing the younger and older selves of the same character. This hasn't happened yet – but here she is certainly part of a very good cast, and she holds her own among very seasoned performers. Despite its promisingly sprightly tone, however, The Oranges disappoints with its gooey liberalism and its failure to find a convincing dramatic register for the central relationship. Meester plays Nina, the tearaway daughter of Terry and Cathy (Allison Janney and Oliver Platt), who live in the New Jersey boondocks across the street from their oldest friends, David and Paige (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener), whose marriage is failing. Nina has come home to the family nest after a failed romance in San Francisco, and promptly begins to »

- Peter Bradshaw

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