Ah yes. The age old crazy story of falling in love with your next door neighbour’s daughter who’s only half your age and who your son had an eye on! We’ve all been there right? We just can’t go back there due to the restraining order.
But now it’s Hugh Laurie who has to deal with the crazy familial fallout of getting jiggy with his neighbourly best friends’ daughter in this new dramedy, The Oranges.
David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention.
When the connection between Nina and David becomes undeniable, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval, particularly Vanessa Walling’s (Alia Shawkat), Nina’s childhood best friend. It’s not long before the ramifications of the affair begin to work on all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways, leading everyone to reawaken to their lives, reassess what it means to be happy, and realize that sometimes what looks like a disaster turns out to be the thing we need.
With just a slight change of music and tone, this could easily be a much more serious and grim drama, however director Julian Farino, who’s spent most of the last couple years directing and producing the Entourage TV series, seems to have a good grasp on how to keep it light and entertaining while also addressing real, mature issues.
Like the state of Hugh Laurie’s testicles.
Last Updated: September 17, 2012