The notion of suburban malaise is nothing new, and it's been well-mined in plenty of novels and movies and TV shows already. Wisely, "The Oranges" is not trying to blow the lid off the notion that marriages sometimes crumble or that suburbia frequently hides secrets behind its white picket fences.
Instead, the script by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer is a no-apologies comedy, and it gives the large ensemble cast some juicy material to play, allowing them to really run wild. Director Julian Farino, making his feature debut, has a great sense of character and timing, and the result is a movie that some distributor is going to make good money with, as long as they cut the right trailer.
After all, look at their cast. You've got Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Leighton Meester, Alia Shawkat, and Adam Brody, and they're all very good in the film. It's a true ensemble comedy, too. Shawkat's character Vanessa is the narrator of the film and the daughter of David (Laurie) and Paige (Keener). They live across the street from their best friends, Carol (Janney) and Terry (Platt), and their kids all grew up together. They do everything as a group, and at the start of the film, Vanessa talks about how she has two families. She used to be just as tight with Nina, the daughter of Carol and Terry, but Nina wanted to see the world, and as soon as she could leave West Orange, New Jersey, she did, and she never looked back. Vanessa is one of those people who wants a career and a life, but is held back by fear and inertia, and so her resentment of Nina is very specific. It's not just that they fell out as friends; Nina is living the life Vanessa wanted, but could never really manage.