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The New Age (1994)

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Episodic movie about a rich yuppie couple who, going broke, can't decide if they want to stay together and openly sleep around and experiment with different lifestyles.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Peter Witner
Judy Davis ... Katherine Witner
Patrick Bauchau ... Jean Levy
Rachel Rosenthal Rachel Rosenthal ... Sarah Friedberg
Adam West ... Jeff Witner
Paula Marshall ... Alison Gale
Bruce Ramsay ... Misha
Tanya Pohlkotte Tanya Pohlkotte ... Bettina
Susan Traylor ... Ellen Saltonstall
Patricia Heaton ... Anna
John Diehl ... Lyle
Maureen Mueller ... Laura
Sandra Seacat ... Mary Netter
Samuel L. Jackson ... Dale Deveaux
Audra Lindley ... Sandi Rego
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Storyline

Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find meaning to their empty lives, they follow various New Age gurus and other such groups. Eventually, they hit rock bottom and have make some hard decisions. Written by Reid Gagle

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A shopping spree for the morally bankrupt.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A legeslegújabb kor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,797, 18 September 1994

Gross USA:

$245,217

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,217
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was #9 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Witner: How are your morals tonight?
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Referenced in Hanging with Batman (2014) See more »

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Dry, black comedy. Those who don't like it didn't get it.
7 April 2001 | by cuervo-2See all my reviews

The previous reviewer's comments mysteriously do not allude to the terrific humor of this film. It is a clever, understated, totally deadpan comedy. If you like black, dry humor, this film is for you. At the same time it skewers the vapidly self-affirming culture of the wealthy, new age set. Slowly, Peter Weller and Judy Davis's characters' natures are purified in the furnace of self-destruction, until they discover their true selves -- mediocrity and greed, which lately pretended to be new age spirituality. A succession of fatuous gurus pushes them down the slope of destruction, until finally Samuel Jackson, in a fabulous cameo, teaches Peter Weller how to attain ultimate truth through techniques of visualization. By this point, the Davis-Weller characters have lost their jobs, their wealth, their "friends", their home, their failed business, and their relationship (did I mention the affairs?), and, perhaps, all illusions that there was anything at their core.

With the exception of one or two scenes, everything in this film is deliciously subtle and understated, but all the more wickedly funny for it. You might not realize how good it is at first. A second viewing will really help your appreciation of it.

If this film doesn't make you laugh, grasshopper, then perhaps you still do not know yourself.


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