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The title references East and West Orange, New Jersey, where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and the cinema, and where two long intertwined middle-class families come to grief between Thanksgiving and Christmas when the middle-aged father of one family (Hugh Laurie) becomes the lover of the 24-year-old daughter (Leighton Meester) of the couple across the road. The real responsibility lies with the two wives, one complacent, the other grossly interfering, but the complicated issues involved are sidestepped with the graceful agility of professional basketball players. The acting almost varnishes the fractured surface, enabling the audience to accept the film as a deeply felt, feelgood family comedy.

ComedyHugh LauriePhilip French

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