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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.

Director:

Julian Farino

Writers:

Ian Helfer, Jay Reiss
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Laura Flanagan ... Christmas Caroler
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Christmas Caroler
Jay Reiss Jay Reiss ... Christmas Caroler
Sarah Saltzberg Sarah Saltzberg ... Christmas Caroler
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen ... Ethan
Leighton Meester ... Nina
Adam Brody ... Toby
Aya Cash ... Maya
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija de mi mejor amigo See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Wesley auditioned for the role of Ethan. See more »

Goofs

When David and Terry are trying out the Russian Vodka he removed from his mini fridge, David is seen putting the cap back on his bottle. Then on the very next shot, David is putting the cap back on again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Bitter Heart
Written and performed by Zee Avi
Courtesy of Brushfire Records/Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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7 March 2013 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with zero previous knowledge and it really impressed me. Two neighbouring families in New Jersey (in an area known as The Oranges because the cities there all have the term Orange in their names -- hence the title of the movie) live harmonically next to each other. The children have grown up together, the men go jogging together, they celebrate the holidays together. They have normal problems -- one daughter doesn't seem to get on with her life, the other plans to marry a deadbeat, then breaks up with him because she caught him cheating on her. Her meddling mother wants to hook her up with their neighbour's A-student son, but the wayward daughter opts for his dad (played by Hugh Laurie) instead. Actually, a plausible choice at that point. She's fed up with college boys, needs stability, and they do care for each other. Her new manfriend feels rejuvenated since his marriage has been in the doldrums for some time. After the unlikely lovebirds have kissed, and even before their first date in a no-tell-motel, their budding affair is exposed. And a lot of hell breaks loose.

The movie plays out a conundrum scenario. On the one hand, there's nothing wrong with an loving relationship between two consenting adults, right? Nina, the girl hooking up with her family guy neighbour, says it herself in one scene: "But what if there was no wrong? ... There is no wrong." On the other hand, the very proximity between all persons involved turns against the love affair between Nina and David (family guy). David's daughter feels this most acutely: she doesn't want to become a nagging moralizer for family values. On the other hand, she doesn't want her former schoolmate Nina to become her new stepmom either.

I find this a great movie about an interesting moral dilemma.


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