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Oliver Platt and Allison Janney On Making 'The Oranges' Comic Yet Real

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens October 3, 2012 at 9:15AM

In the fresh little film The Oranges, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play the befuddled parents of a young woman (Leighton Meester) who successfully seduces her father’s best friend (played by Hugh Laurie). Yet somehow this is a comedy, thanks largely to Platt and Janney’s mastery as Terry and Carol Ostroff – he’s passionate about new gadgets, she is devoted to trying to bend her wild-child daughter to her will. Both react to their daughter’s love affair by being understandably outraged and comically flummoxed.
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Oliver Platt and Allison Janney

In the fresh little film The Oranges, Oliver Platt and Allison Janney play the befuddled parents of a young woman (Leighton Meester) who successfully seduces her father’s best friend (played by Hugh Laurie). Yet somehow this is a comedy, thanks largely to Platt and Janney’s mastery as Terry and Carol Ostroff – he’s passionate about new gadgets, she is devoted to trying to bend her wild-child daughter to her will. Both react to their daughter’s love affair by being understandably outraged and comically flummoxed.

In our conversation about the film, Platt and Janney talk about bring realism to pair of characters who don’t respond in a predictable way.

(You can watch my conversation about the film with Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener here.)

Video edited by TAYLOR LEVY.

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