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
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.