Have you seen The Oranges? What did you think? A few days ago, Balazs and I just randomly picked this movie out, not really knowing what it is about besides that the two main characters are Hugh Laurie aka Dr. Gregory House and Leighton Meester best known from Gossip Girl. And guess what? We weren’t disappointed, actually the opposite. It’s a brilliantly written comedy drama of two dysfunctional families who happen to be neighbours and best friends.
There is an over-controlling mother, a very resistant daughter, an unhappy marriage or two, and an overachieving son, an underachieving sister, an unhappy middle aged guy and the wife who doesn’t think that life is about happiness. A perfect recipe for disaster, isn’t it? Well, besides all the messed up relationships and the devastating affair (oh yes, there is one), the film sustains the most incredible vibe of light-heartiness and wittiness. It proves that sometimes we all need just a little push out of our comfort zone to get back on track, realize and start doing what we always wanted to do or achieve. So, if you are up for a great watch after a busy day of work, this film is totally for you!
Bits and bobs:
- Did you know Hugh had a tiny little role in Friends back in the day? Check this out!
- He sings as well and pretty good too:)
- Giggle, here is his little comedy sketch from back in the day.
- Leighton is adorable:)
- Here Leighton talks about her role in the film.
- Fancy knowing who are her style icons?
- Catherine Keener played Hugh's wife. She was brilliant and I also adored her in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Have you seen it?
- She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in Being John Malkovich back in 2000 and for her role in Capote in 2005.
- You might remember Alia Shawkat from Whip It:)
- The adorable Adam Brody played the son and he even cracked a few great jokes:)
- Have you watched him in The O.C.?
- He has a new film coming out soon.
- Remember Oliver Platt from Doctor Dolittle?
P.S: Plus, a few other films that I love right now.
(Photos via IMDb)