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The Oranges (2011)

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The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.



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In conservative West Orange, New Jersey, the Ostroff and Walling families are very close. David Walling and Terry Ostroff are inseparable best friends and run together everyday. David has problems with his wife, Paige. He frequently sleeps alone in his office. Their daughter, Vanessa, is frustrated because she has not succeeded in her career as a designer. Their son, Toby, is moving to China on a temporary assignment. Terry's wife, Cathy, ignores him. Their daughter Nina moved to San Francisco five years ago. Near Thanksgiving, Nina's boyfriend Ethan betrays her at his birthday party and Nina returns to her parents house. Nina argues with her mother and draws closer to David. Soon they have an affair and fall in love, turning the lives of the people close to them upside-down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sex. Betrayal. Scandal. Make yourself at home. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de mi mejor amigo  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,461, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$364,875, 28 October 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Paul Wesley auditioned for the role of Ethan. See more »


When David and Nina kiss on the sofa, her hands go from being down by her side, then move up and hold his face when they begin to kiss. Cut to TV then cut back again; they are still kissing but her hands are still tucked down by her side See more »


[First lines]
Vanessa: [narrating] The question of happiness has preoccupied philosophers, poets and pharmaceutical companies for thousands of years. Clearly, it's a tricky one.
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Referenced in Room (2015) See more »


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22 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw The Oranges last night and I must say I expected so much more that what I saw. The movie panders to one of men's ultimate fantasies; that being that cheating is okay if everything, in bizarro world, works out in the end. I will say that the acting was very good but I think that the performances are wasted on a screenplay that is too contrived. This story has been done to death and it has been done better. I did enjoy the soundtrack. I thought there were numerous continuity issues that should have been picked up prior to this showing. Does no one in Hollywood know what New Jersey would look like in late November and December? Trust me – there would be no leaves on the trees or emerald green lawns. There were some very funny scenes but I wasted two hours of my life that I will never get back. I have visions of seeing this movie be released in time for Christmas based on Hollywood's warped view as to what most people go through during the holidays.

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