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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.
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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie provides and interesting and thought inquiry into the lives of young adults and their relationships.Published 23 months ago by Robert Patrick
i decent movie, a bit slow on the story but watchable and enjoyable. and i dislike this word min. bsPublished on April 30, 2014 by ToriToriTori on the Fire
Too many different story lines. Did not match others description of the movie. Watch for yourself to decide what you think.Published on March 4, 2014 by JASON ENGLISH
The. Struggle to bring gay characters to the screen...for what is gay normal. There are no rules and there is no normal.Published on January 1, 2014 by Jim N. Bond
The characters were less than likable and poorly developed; some of the story lines were rather sketchy and not well filled out.Published on November 19, 2013 by Rute
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. :)Published on September 25, 2013 by Jonathan V.