The Oranges review

Hugh Laurie falls for his neighbour's daughter in a so-so dramedy

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A film overshadowed by its cast, Julian Farino’s lightweight dramedy sees Hugh Laurie’s suburban dad fall for the daughter (Leighton Meester) of neighbouring pal Oliver Platt.

Catherine Keener and Allison Janney are largely wasted in shrill wife roles, while Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat never quite clicks as our wry eye into the chaos, but it’s an amiable, relatively unpredictable domestic farce.

An off-kilter script and winning turns from Laurie, Janney and Meester help disguise how much the film is hedging its bets, flirting with a darkness it never quite dares to embrace.

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Emma Didbin is a writer and journalist who has contributed to GamesRadar+, The New York Times, Elle, Esquire, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, and more. Emma can currently be found in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in TV writing. Emma has also penned two novels, and somehow finds the time to write scripts for Parcast – the Spotify-owned network that creates thrilling true crime and mystery podcasts.