The New Age

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Released 1994

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Director:
Michael Tolkin
Released:
1994
Rating:
R
"Your inner child is running us into bankruptcy!" Katherine Witner screams at her newly jobless husband Peter. "Why don't you get in touch with your inner adult?" A with-it L.A. couple scrambles to avoid being without it in the sharply witty The New Age. Following up his biting screenplay for The Player, writer/director Michael Tolkin now bursts the balloons of more La-La-Land sham and scam. Peter Weller and Judy Davis play the Witners, a trendy twosome with more dollars than sense as they careen along a downhill path of mad business pursuits, sexual escapades, new-age babble and questionable spiritualism. In a glitzy society where everyone's born to shop, the Witners are starting to drop - and they're going like the '90s in "the sexiest, smartest comedy this decade has produced" (Polly Frost, Harper's Bazaar).

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Tolkin gives us one richly detailed set piece after another, involving luncheons, openings, massages, telephone tag, psychic consultations, sex, heartfelt conversation, and pagan r...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    A sometimes smart social commentary on Los Angeles characters who seek spiritual salvation when they can't buy every object they want. Judy Davis and Peter Weller play a trendy cou...

  • 63

    Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea

    Although it's fascinating, intelligent and scathingly accurate in its depiction of a certain milieu, The New Age is a more problematic picture than 1991's The Rapture - where Mimi ...

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Comedy, Drama