THE OR­ANGES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Maybe it’s the all-star cast that leaves you ex­pect­ing more, but this movie is a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment. Star­ring Hugh Lau­rie, Oliver Platt, Al­li­son Jan­ney, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody, it fol­lows two fam­i­lies who are best friends and neigh­bours in sub­ur­ban New Jersey. Their lives are dis­tinctly nor­mal and rather bor­ing un­til one Thanks­giv­ing when prodi­gal daugh­ter Nina (Meester) ar­rives home af­ter a five-year ab­sence and starts an af­fair with her mar­ried, old-enough-to-be-her-fa­ther neigh­bour, David (Lau­rie). The ro­mance de­stroys the re­la­tion­ships of all in­volved and forces ev­ery­one to re­assess their lives. There are a few funny mo­ments, but they mostly stem from pure awk­ward­ness, while the rest of the flick is just strange. ★✩ Ex­tras: None.

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