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
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alia Shawkat ... Vanessa
Hugh Laurie ... David
Oliver Platt ... Terry
Allison Janney ... Cathy
Catherine Keener ... Paige
Ian Helfer 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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the first part of the coffee shop scene, David has got a watch, which later on disappears. 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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Miracle On Orange Drive
Written by Grant-Lee Phillips
Storm Hymanal Music BMI 2011
Performed by Grant-Lee Phillips
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I Don't Know
2 October 2020 | by itsjulianaSee all my reviews

Not my favourite film, but I was expecting something worse, to be honest. What I saw:

An enjoyable Hugh Laurie, as usual (yet not exceptional). Funny moments, at times. Some cringe-worthy dialogues. Nice directing. Impressively realistic. Thoughtprovoking, which certainly is its strongest feature.

I guess one of the main goals of a filmmaker is to make their audience FEEL things. Well, I honestly can say they did it. Most of them were awkward and negative feelings towards the relationship between these two, but they were there. Is that what they were aiming at? I don't know. I was disgusted by them, and angry. How can you so selfishly base your every decision on whatever seems to make you happy? And by the way, what's with the meddlesome mother? Your daughter's 24 not 18. Anyway, it's only 90 minutes long. Watch it if you have some free time and nothing else worth pressing play on.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Oranges See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,461, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$366,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,316,971
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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