The Oranges


Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester scandalise the 'burbs

Deep in the heart of New Jersey, the lives of two closely linked suburban families are thrown into upheaval when the middle-aged dad of one family (Hugh Laurie) has an affair with the college-age daughter (Leighton Meester) of the other.

Given the premise, The Oranges could go just about anywhere, from bloody, revenge-fuelled mayhem to pitch-black comedy. Unfortunately, it remains in the middle of the road, a lightweight dramedy that feels tailor-made for TV.

The ensemble cast is excellent but seriously, Total Film has been to the suburbs. It’s a nightmare of infighting and depravity out there.

This should be a lot uglier.

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