If you’ve ever known friends who are so close that they’re practically family, you’ll be able to relate to the Ostroffs and the Wallings. Best friends and neighbors who live on Orange Drive, a bucolic suburban street in West Orange, New Jersey, the Ostroffs and Wallings have all been best friends for years. David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener) have two grown children: handsome and successful Toby (Adam Brody) and hipster/aspiring designer Vanessa (Alia Shawkat). The Wallings have one child, 24-year-old Nina (Leighton Meester), who has just returned home after a years-long absence, newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen).
“The Oranges,” which is narrated by Vanessa, shows what happens when the two family’s comfortable existence goes terribly awry. Although Paige Walling would love to see her daughter take an interest in Toby Ostroff, it is David that catches her attention. Their mutual fascination – and ensuing Thanksgiving-to-Christmas affair – leaves a train wreck in its wake.
When Nina and David’s affair is discovered, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval. Paige leaves David, Vanessa (Nina’s childhood best friend) and Toby are deeply shaken, and everyone is forced to reassess exactly what it means to be happy.
“The Oranges” is set for release on October 5, 2012 by ATO Pictures. Directed by Julian Farino from a screenplay by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, the comedy drama was panned by critics after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011.