Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 17+. The movie’s casting is strange; it stars young actors who have starred in some teen-only TV shows (such as “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl”), but it deals mostly in themes of suburban inertia that would only interest parents. There is mostly sexual content, cursing, and drug use; not suitable for teens who couldn’t handle the similarly plotted “American Beauty.”
‘The Oranges’ is about two suburban families who like each other, until an affair between one of the dads and one of the daughters makes them all hate each other. And you’ll hate them, too.
By Roxana Hadadi
“The Oranges” is a movie that seems, on the surface, somewhat intriguing: a dark comedy about suburban families struggling in their own inertia, with a great cast full of promising young actors like Adam Brody and Leighton Meester and the more established Hugh Laurie and Allison Janney. But see, “The Oranges” is pretty awful. The film squanders all of those actors’ talent, miring them in a ridiculous script that falls into all the dramatic clichés you’d expect.