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Ian Helfer (screenplay)
Jay Reiss (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 October 2012 (USA) See more »
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It's about to get juicy. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Alia Shawkat ... Vanessa

Hugh Laurie ... David

Oliver Platt ... Terry

Allison Janney ... Cathy

Catherine Keener ... Paige
Ian Helfer ... Christmas Caroler

Marceline Hugot ... Christmas Caroler
Laura Flanagan ... Christmas Caroler
Curtis McClarin ... Christmas Caroler
Jay Reiss ... Christmas Caroler
Sarah Saltzberg ... Christmas Caroler
Sam Rosen ... Ethan

Leighton Meester ... Nina

Adam Brody ... Toby

Aya Cash ... Maya

Hoon Lee ... Henry

Heidi Kristoffer ... Meredith Lovett
Arthur Anderson ... Innkeeper

Damian Young ... Gideon Allen

Betsy Aidem ... Anne Allen

Paul Fears ... Ultimate Frisbee Player

Tim Guinee ... Roger
Mando Alvarado ... Chef

John Dossett ... Shelly
John Srednicki ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Townsend Ambrecht ... Rave Dancer (uncredited)

Stephen Badalamenti ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Jennifer Bronstein ... Amy (uncredited)

Cassidy Gard ... Samantha (uncredited)
Rachel Gittler ... Rave Dancer (uncredited)

Boyd Holbrook ... Circle (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Gambler (uncredited)

Lucas Papaelias ... Mikhalay (uncredited)

Joanna Theobalds ... Restaurant Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Farino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Helfer  screenplay
Jay Reiss  screenplay

Produced by
Stefanie Azpiazu .... executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Ian Helfer .... executive producer
Sam Hoffman .... executive producer
Jay Reiss .... executive producer
Daniel Revers .... executive producer
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Dean Vanech .... producer
 
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
Andrew Raiher 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Fierberg 
 
Film Editing by
Carole Kravetz Aykanian  (as Carole Kravetz)
Jeffrey M. Werner 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Dan Davis 
 
Art Direction by
Ola Maslik 
 
Set Decoration by
Alexandra Mazur 
 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... hair department head
Chris Clark .... hairstylist: Leighton Meester
Chris Clark .... key hair stylist
Cassandra Keating .... key makeup artist
Sherri Berman Laurence .... makeup department head
Lori Rozman .... personal hair stylist for Hugh Laurie
Bradley Stenson .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anthony Brandonisio .... post-production supervisor
Anthony Brandonisio .... production executive
Fran Giblin .... assistant production manager
Sam Hoffman .... unit production manager
Riel Roch Decter .... director of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Catalano .... additional second assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Kara Doherty .... second assistant director
Jason Fesel .... second second assistant director
Sam Hoffman .... second unit director
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Stephanie Barkley .... set decorating production assistant
Clayton Beisner .... art department production assistant
Tessa Brophy .... art department coordinator
Kathrin Eder .... set decorator: additional photography
James Klotsas .... on-set dresser
Mitchell Landsman .... scenic artist
Christopher M. Lewis .... set dec production assistant
John S. Schlicter .... charge scenic artist
Courtney Schmidt .... property master
Patrick Campbell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Randy L. Parisian .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... dialogue editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Max Greene .... assistant sound editor
Rob Humpage .... adr assistant
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Eric Maldin .... adr mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Cate Montana .... adr editor
Cate Montana .... dialogue editor
James Ridgley .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Jim Ridgley)
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Tom Ryan .... foley supervisor
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... assistant sound editor
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
John R. Favre .... stunt double
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt double: Allison Janney (uncredited)
Naomi Peters .... stunt double: Leighton Meester (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Arndt .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Cesar Baptista .... grip
George Bianchini .... steadicam operator
Kai Wai Cheng .... key rigging grip
Jack Coffen .... gaffer
Tammy Fouts .... first assistant camera (re-shoots)
Michael Gallart .... lighting console programmer
Gina Girodier .... camera intern
Chris Hayes .... camera operator: "a" camera
Petr Hlinomaz .... camera operator
Matthew Jacobs .... grip
Alec Jarnagin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tommy Kerwick Jr. .... key grip
Rob Koch .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Lau .... first assistant camera
David Lochner .... camera intern
Nick Maczka .... best boy grip
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... best boy electric
Keith Putnam .... digital imaging technician
Rob Riccobono .... electrician
Joel Tishcoff .... rigging gaffer
 
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting: Los Angeles
Rori Bergman .... casting associate
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate
Jessica Munks .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aneikit Bonnel .... costumer
Scott Bredengerd .... costume production assistant
Danielle Cohen .... costume production assistant
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor
Penelope Laughman .... key set costumer
Amy Ritchings .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Brandonisio .... assistant editor
Jennifer Hatton .... first assistant editor
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Samantha Uber .... digital intermediate assistant editor
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Ian Bennett .... composer: additional music
John Carbonara .... music editor
Simone de Leuw .... score production manager
Robin Fujiwara .... music coordinator
Robyn Klein .... executive in charge of music
Stephen Lukach .... music intern
Devin Powers .... composer: incidental music
Andrew Raiher .... musician: guitar, ukulele, voice
Daniel Rojas .... music arranger
Daniel Rojas .... musician: guitar, mandolin, ukulele
Daniel Rojas .... score technical advisor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Richard Presutti Jr. .... driver
 
Other crew
MeSun Barnett .... on-set production assistant
Alec Bates .... location scout
Amanda Beckner .... assistant to julian farino
Scott Bird .... additional production assistant
Justin Bischoff .... key set production assistant
Richard Bizenza .... production assistant
Christopher W. Bodell .... vp of finance: olympus pictures
Yara Caubet .... production secretary
Jean Chien .... location manager
Alison Cohen .... vp: business and legal affairs (as Alison S. Cohen)
Rita Colimon .... coordinator: Olympus Pictures
Christina Cortez .... production assistant
Stephen DiGiovanni .... creative consultant
Estefania Fernandez .... locations intern
Matthew Fleischman .... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant
Rebecca Garland .... production accountant
Ed Gately .... production assistant
Katie Greenway .... title designer
Michael Harkins .... stand-in: Hugh Laurie
Greg Hopwood .... location department
Andrew Houchens .... Intern for Likely Story
Chad Matthew Hursa .... production assistant
Laura Kautza .... stand in: Leighton Meester
Mia Lidofsky .... staff production assistant: first team
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Brendan C. Lynch .... staff production assistant
Ross Miller .... insurance
Stephen Nathan .... creative consultant
Brendan O'Rourke .... assistant location manager
Ralph Pellegrini .... location assistant
Matthew F. Preston .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout
Lynda Reynolds .... catering chef
Michael K. Reynolds .... catering chef
Riel Roch Decter .... assistant to producers
Matthew Roper .... medic
Matthew Roper .... set medic
Sarah Rubenstein .... post production accountant
Rena Sternfeld-Allon .... additional script supervisor
Jessica Thorne .... payroll accountant
Jason Turer .... set intern
Cory Wood .... production staff
Christian Vogeler .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use
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90 min
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Paul Wesley auditioned for the role of Ethan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the coffee shop, the position of David's hand in relation to his coffee cup changes in nearly every shot.See more »
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A plethora of actors show how to make a dysfunctional family dramedy funny, 13 May 2013
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"The Oranges" centers on two families, each with mom and dad and former teenage daughter (now a twenty-something daughter), living across the street from each other in West Orange, New Jersey. It's kind of like a dysfunctional family dramedy except the families really do function normal enough and well enough prior to the beginning of the plot. And also it's a comedy. It poses some fairly serious questions but presents them all in a light-hearted, humorous fashion.

Paige Walling (Catherine Keener) and David Walling (Hugh Laurie) still have their adult daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat) living at home, unable to let go of some hostilities from her teenage years. Carol Ostroff (Allison Janney) and Terry Ostroff (Oliver Platt) are trying to control their daughter Nina (Leighton Meester) but she's off on the other side of the country still acting like a teenager. But after a perceived personal tragedy, Nina comes home. And then comes home Paige and David's successful son Toby (Adam Brody) who's in love with Nina.

Two individuals choose to commit, or almost commit, a morally repugnant act. The good thing is, everything is still funny. In the aftermath though, they decide that they're adults, and choose to question the line of morality. Not only is the audience not expecting that, and thus we're forced to start questioning, or stop judging, but the other characters definitely weren't prepared for it, and they start questioning the directions of their own lives. While of course keeping it funny.

Another interesting choice the film made was to make Vanessa (Shawkat) the narrator. She is not directly involved in the action, she's only involved in the repercussions, but she's also the type of character that we normally don't think about how she would be affected, but now we're forced to. The character that we would normally associate with in the aftermath is Paige (Keener) but here she puts herself on the sidelines.

The highlight of the film, of course, is the incredible cast. The reading of the credits goes something like this: Alia Shawkat – oh, yeah, the girl from Arrested Development, she has some decent comedy skills; Leighton Meester – a new Hollywood "it" girl, let's she what she's got; Hugh Laurie – he's always fun and straight from a string of well-deserved Emmy nominations; Allison Janney – awesome (!); Catherine Keener – awesome (!); Oliver Platt – really?! He's a comic genius, this is doubly awesome (!!); and Adam Brody – well, now we've just topped off a dream come true.

The best news is that the cast completely delivers. Meester and Laurie are expected to carry the majority of the film, and both do it by playing characters that they've never really played before. Laurie pulls of sympathetic so well and Meester goes a little more subtle to be able to show us what her character is thinking and show us what her character wants people to see. Janney is her usual funny self, so is Brody, while Platt is again at top form delivering some hilariously subtle facial reactions and some comic gold physical comedy.

The least famous actor of all of them, Sam Rosen, threatens to steal the whole show as Ethan, Nina's hilariously sympathetic fiancé turned ex-fiancé turned super-apologetic-ex-fiancé. He's relegated to a pretty small role, otherwise the movie would have been about Ethan. And it's not supposed to be.

Now that the highlights are all uncovered, it's time for some warnings. The plot is exceedingly simple and we have to wait for each character to catch up to it before the next turn can proceed. For those that are completely invested in each character, this won't be a problem. For those that like fewer characters, this will be a problem. Also depending on where your moral center lies, you could have a conflict with the film's decidedly ambiguous morality. For all the lines the film attempted to cross they went for a much simpler, more dramatic ending, never crossing into the dark comedy territory. That might stop it from reaching more brilliant heights, but it also keeps "The Oranges" more consistently enjoyable.

Who Might Like This: People who like dysfunctional family dramedies; anybody looking for a comedy that questions some of society's morals; fans of anybody in the main cast.

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