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TIFF '11 Review: 'The Oranges' Delivers A Grove Of Big Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 11:18 AM
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The indie ensemble comedy genre is fraught with pitfalls, from high concepts that just don't deliver, to outrageous storylines that can't sustain their own frenzied energy. For every "Little Miss Sunshine" there are countless more that attempt to create that film's almost intangible alchemy but falter somewhere along the way. "The Oranges" could have gone either way - with Julian Farino a mostly TV director ("Entourage," "How To Make It In America") making his sophomore film with a grab bag cast including Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meeste,r we really had no idea what to expect from the film. But playing to huge laughs, this winning comedy overcomes some of its patchier elements to become a bonafide crowd pleaser.

Leighton Meester, James Caan & Vanilla Ice Say 'I Hate You, Dad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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No, this is not an April Fool's Day gag. Vanilla Ice -- oh sorry, Robert Van Winkle -- is getting into the acting biz. Seriously. And just wait until you read the character he'll playing -- but we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

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