The Oranges - another film marketed as a comedy that isn't and leaves a bad taste or you feel like taking a bath afterwards. In the vein of Blame it on Rio with similar plot: best friend sleeps with best friend's (young adult) child and the fallout on the families involved. Yuck. Who green lights this stuff?
I saw this movie a few weeks ago. I wasn't at 'yuck'. More like 'yawn but irritable'. This movie could
have been a serious, dramatic (if at times light hearted) romance between a 50-something man and a 24 year old young woman, addressing the problems that such an age gap creates in their otherwise healthy, loving relationship; including addressing how this effects their relationships with their own families as well as one-another's families. (Maybe even address his relationship with his estranged wife.)... Or, it could have been a serious movie about about two good people who attempt to engage in a destructive relationship -- partially due to age difference, perhaps -- and the heartache, not only to them, but to their respective families that it creates... Or it could have been a sex movie... Or one or both of the main characters could have been intentionally
unlikeable, or even bad... Or they could have tried to make it into a slapstick, intentionally offensive, hammy, hard 'R' rated raunchy comedy.
That isn't what happened. At every turn the movie pussies out of making any decision that might offend anyone and instead, the movie managed to be one of the crappier, more disingenuous, more unappealing movies I have seen in a while.
And the acting. I cannot believe such good actors (Hugh Laurie, Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney) signed on to this. For them, it was a paycheck, I guess. And you could totally tell that they knew they were in a bad movie the entire time. "Phoning it in" doesn't come close to giving their performances the (in)justice they deserve. The girl, on the other hand (Leighton Meester) you could tell was really trying (unsuccessfully) and may not have known she was in a crap movie. Which I think may have made it even worse.
The premise of the movie is quite raw, and they could have gone a ton of different directions with the raw premise to make a good and interesting movie. Attempting to turn the raw premise innocuous and inoffensive to all, however, created one of the lamest, least interesting, movies I've recently seen.