The New Age

1994

The New Age (1994)

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Materially speaking, upscale Hollywood suburbanites Peter and Katherine Witner have it all, but spiritually, they are paupers. This realization dawns upon them when both find themselves unemployed and forced to face their crumbling marriage. Looking for comfort and guidance, the two turn to a number of so-called gurus, each advocating a radically different, but equally narcissistic, means of finding true spiritual fulfillment. Thus empowered by their newfound, psycho-babbly philosophies, the two open up their marriage to explore other relationships and then open Hip-ocracy, a trendy clothing store. The venture is a bust and suddenly Peter and Katherine find themselves social pariahs and forced to make difficult decisions about their lives.

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Critic Reviews for The New Age

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A sometimes smart social commentary on Los Angeles characters who seek spiritual salvation when they can't buy every object they want.

Jan 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The realities of their performances prove insufficient to pull Tolkin's bitter and deliberate tale from its doldrums, however, and this film lives u p to its title. Most of the time, it proves as repetitive and empty as an endless New Wave rhapsody.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Sporadically witty but not too deep, New Age, Tolkin's second feature as a director continues to explore satirically the lives of self-abosrbed yuppies on the verge of economic and moral collpase.

Jun 25, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Presents a scathing critique of the emptiness in the lives of a couple addicted to materialism.

Aug 30, 2002 | Full Review…

I spent the entire movie alternating between checking my watch to see how much was left and wishing that one of them would realize how worthless they were.

Feb 28, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Age

Wow! I am letting Peter Weller really have it lately. First for Naked Lunch and now for this film. Perhaps he ought to have signed up for a lifetime of playing Robocop. This doesn't quite work. It has it's moments but feels incomplete.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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It has it's ups and downs, but ultimately as empty as these people's lives.

Anthony Valletta
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