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The New Twenty (2009)

Bill Sage , Terry Serpico , Chris Mason Johnson  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Sage, Terry Serpico, Nicole Bilderback, Colin Fickes, Andrew Wei Lin
  • Directors: Chris Mason Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O0Z83E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,994 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson's award-winning first feature charts the lives of five New Yorkers, a mix of gay and straight best friends about to turn thirty. With emotionally vivid performances and nuanced characters, THE NEW TWENTY paints the portrait of a generation living the highs and lows of a Wall Street world destined to disappear overnight.

The year is 2006 and prosperity seems unending: two of the five are investment bankers, another works in advertising, another does freelance database design, and only one of the five might be called a slacker. But they all suffer from, as loner Felix puts it, & a touch of existential malaise courtesy of late capitalism. You know, the usual. So if money isn t the root of their discontent, what is? Whatever they re searching for - love, meaning in work - they won t find it in each other. On TV, friendship lasts forever. In real life, not so much.

THE NEW TWENTY reflects the zeitgeist of a new and happening generation, one in which gay and straight mix and it s not a big deal. This sense of tapping into the spirit of today places THE NEW TWENTY in the same genre as American Graffiti,The Big Chill and St. Elmo's Fire.


Erotic tension and intriguing ambiguity. A stylish production. The Hollywood Reporter A sleek and accomplished debut film....He's got something, this guy - LA Weekly...the performances are uniformly good...a welcome edge... - Alternative Film Guide --Update

A strong ensemble of young actors. A sleek and accomplished debut film. He s got something, this guy. LA WeeklySharp, intelligent writing. Erotic tension and intriguing ambiguity. A stylish production.The Hollywood ReporterThis is a fascinating bunch, thanks to a witty, incisive script. New Times Every generation deserves its own St. Elmo s Fire. The Village Voice Impressive feature debut . . . smart and stylish. Box Office Magazine Something rarely seen onscreen: close friendships between gay and straight men. - Time Out New York Fine ensemble! Dallas Voice Well acted. Chicago Reader A relevant and brave story . . . vivid portrait of real life . . .great debut for a visionary writer-director like Johnson. New York Examiner A welcome edge, one that most other friends-are-forever movies lack. Alternative Film Guide Director Christopher Mason Johnson broadens the focus from sexual orientation to the complexities of adulthood. Time Out Chicago --Update

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About to turn 30, and still waiting to grow up ... July 26, 2009
Looking in on a group of close friends since college, seven years after graduation, things aren't quite what they expected, even considering thirty is "The New Twenty" (2009).

There's the "jock" of the group, Andrew (hunky former model Ryan Locke), who is looking for financing for an internet startup he believes will make him rich. He's engaged to Asian-American Julie (Nicole Bilderback, who deserves the critical kudos she got for this role), who finds herself in the uncomfortable position of having to downplay the fact that she makes more money than her fiance'. Julie's brother, advertising whiz-kid Tony (Andrew Wei Lin) is gay and dating an older man who is HIV+. In college, Felix (Thomas Sadoski) seemed most likely to succeed, but his inability to give up his drug use have turned him into an insecure addict. Then there's the resident slacker, Ben (Colin Fickes), the other gay character, who wastes his days searching for online hookups and watching old TV shows.

The dynamics of the relationships between the five friends changes significantly, when Louie (Tony Serpico, a regular on "Army Wives"), a man in his 40's whom Andrew meets playing cricket, enters into a business arrangement with Andrew, as well as a flirtation with Julie, with the other friends tagging along as they socialize. This comes to a head at Andrew's bachelor bash, resulting in new resolutions by all, in order to get on with their lives.

A well-written, acted and directed film, and I love the way the gay and straight characters mesh comfortably. However, I thought it to be a bit predictable in parts, and somewhat negative in that it concentrated on everyone's failures. DVD includes commentary (labeled as "documentary"), deleted scenes and a music video. Overall, it's worth a look, and I give it four stars out of five.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tiring, tiresome melodrama May 2, 2012
There's not a single believable character, not a single believable scene in this movie. The tone is relentlessly melodramatic, as if these phony characters live right at the edge of hysteria every second of their lives. Everyone is always angry, and nearly every line is either shouted or snarled. That people who so annoy and irritate each other would have remained friends for a decade or even a year is ridiculous. Watching this foolish movie is tiring and tiresome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars imperfect but promising debut effort March 7, 2010

Seven years after graduation, five buddies from college - four men and a woman, all living in New York City - face the grim prospect of turning thirty. Andrew (Ryan Locke) is an investment banker who's just gotten engaged to his long time girlfriend, Julie (Nicole Bilderback), who works for a rival firm (he's Morgan, she's Merrill); Felix (Thomas Sadoski) is a drug addict who`s struggling to hide his condition from his friends as well as maintain a relationship with a fellow user; Ben (Colin Fickes) is an unattractive, overweight gay man who can't get anyone to go out with him; and Tony (Andrew Wei Lin) is an attractive, fit gay man who falls for a college professor with HIV. All five have reached that critical point where's it's time to start taking stock of their lives - to find out where they are and, more importantly, where they're headed.

"The New Twenty" is the debut feature for writer/director Chris Mason Johnson and, while the hand of the novice is evident in certain aspects of the movie, Johnson also reveals some real potential as a filmmaker. The relationships among the various characters are, for the most part, unusual and interesting, regardless of whether they are personal or business-related in nature. The storytelling can be a bit choppy at times and the acting occasionally uneven, but there are enough moments of genuine insight and emotional force to make the movie worth checking out. The fact that it feels more like a still-rough-around-the-edges first draft than a fully polished and completed work in its own right is actually what gives the movie its greatest authenticity and appeal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Indie! April 13, 2010
Very good movie! Much more sophisticated and nuanced than you might think from the cover art. It's not a "gay movie" at all, in fact, in the niche sense; it simply has a couple gay characters in it. It's a group friends movie (St. Elmo's Fire, The Big Chill, Diner, etc.) - which is a subgenre I enjoy - and what's nice about THE NEW TWENTY in terms of that is the ending. Won't give it away - just will say that it's not the usual cringe-worthy happily-ever-after thing - "we'll all be friends forever" - but something much smarter and more complex. And there's actually a sense of SOCIAL REALITY in the movie that's believable and true. Also really enjoyed depiction of gay and straight male friends that was simply presented as: NOT A BIG DEAL. Like it is in life. ALL the acting is really excellent. I don't know these actors except the guy from the Hal Hartley movies (Bill Sage) - but they all do a great job. Lots of subtle, quiet moments where you really get a feel for the characters and their inner lives. And all-in-all there's a nice pace to it also. It has a dynamic, entertaining feel. A very good American indie that's much smarter and more stylish than the usual!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK but the eye candy was awesome! September 25, 2013
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Not the best movie I ever saw but every time i looked up at the screen there was a hot stud there. it was the perfect date movie. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 day ago by LYNN A. OLSEN
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This movie provides and interesting and thought inquiry into the lives of young adults and their relationships.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
The film was entertaining and shot well. A very diverse cast which I believe is lacking in the current media. I believe it was well acted and professionally executed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Guru J
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sometimes it was boring but funny at times
Published 3 months ago by Erick Diggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow but true
i decent movie, a bit slow on the story but watchable and enjoyable. and i dislike this word min. bs
Published 5 months ago by ToriToriTori on the Fire
3.0 out of 5 stars was ok
Too many different story lines. Did not match others description of the movie. Watch for yourself to decide what you think.
Published 7 months ago by JASON ENGLISH
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly different
The. Struggle to bring gay characters to the screen...for what is gay normal. There are no rules and there is no normal.
Published 9 months ago by Jim N. Bond
3.0 out of 5 stars The New Twenty - so-so
The characters were less than likable and poorly developed; some of the story lines were rather sketchy and not well filled out.
Published 11 months ago by Rute
3.0 out of 5 stars Blandly predictable.
The characters don't really evolve nor are most of them all that likeable--but only one gets interesting as almost superfluously villainous. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Quigly E. Demosthenes
1.0 out of 5 stars A Really Bad and Seriously Offensive Film
I need to say something right up front here, because it's relevant to my review/opinion: Whenever I go to see something--be it a movie, play, opera, concert, ballet, whatever--I go... Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by JakeDee
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