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The Oranges Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The result is a placid tale of impulses running wild. Farino is a smooth operator, but he puts little on screen that feels like life, as opposed to a middle-of-the-road indie.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    What starts off as a neighborhood scandal becomes a liberating thing for everyone involved - an attitude that seems as if it's trying to be oh so European, and might have been had the director, Julian Farino, not been working so hard to convince us of the Deep Inner Goodness of everyone involved.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Mature dramedy doesn't deliver on interesting premise.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Oranges hits some interesting notes about life, marriage, and more, but much of the material may be too heavy for younger teens. The plot centers around an adult who falls for his best friend's daughter, who happens to have been his own daughter's childhood pal. There isn't any nudity (though viewers do hear the sounds of a sex toy in use), but the situations between them are cringe-worthy. There's some swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) and drinking, and a twentysomething woman is shown smoking pot.

  • Families can talk about The Oranges' central premise. Do you think it's true that sometimes the most unpopular decisions, the most destructive ones, can lead to enlightenment? Happiness?
  • What attracts Nina to David, and vice versa? Does the movie condone their choices? Does it address how people outside of a marriage are affected by their indiscretion?
  • Are the characters -- and their choices -- realistic? What do you think the main take-away is intended to be?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Your entire world can fall apart, but chaos can ultimately lead to fulfillment -- if you can ride the chaos until it's run its course. That said, there doesn't seem to be much empathy here for collateral damage as the result of bad decisions.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nobody is a "bad guy," but most of the lead characters -- except perhaps for Terry and Vanessa -- seem to be unaware of the damage they're causing.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A woman drives her car onto her lawn in rage, smashing Christmas decorations. She also slaps a young woman. A man lunges after his friend in a fit of anger.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing and heavy flirting between a married man and his friend's daughter. One scene shows two pairs of feet under covers, with a sex toy audible. A girl walks into a room and catches her boyfriend cheating, though viewers don't see anything actually happening. Sexual references.

  • language false4

    Language: Some use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One character likes to buy a lot of gadgets; viewers don't actually see a lot of labels, but it's clear that buying them and having them is what makes him happy. A woman works at Huffman Koos furniture store, and their logo is everywhere.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A twentysomething woman is shown once with a pipe, smoking pot. Some social drinking at parties.

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