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