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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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Cast

Judy Davis
as Katherine
Rachel Rosenthal
as Sarah Friedberg
Paula Marshall
as Alison Gale
Susan Traylor
as Ellen Saltonstall
Sandra Seacat
as Mary Netter
Kimberley Kates
as Other Katherine
Rebecca Staab
as Woman Customer
Alexander Pourtash
as Man Customer
Scott Layne
as Swimmer
Mary Kane
as Tina Bulasky
Lisa Prescia
as Nova Trainee
Nicole Nagel
as Rich German
Cheri Gaulke
as Pagan Woman
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Critic Reviews for The New Age

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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

January 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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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.

June 25, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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

Super Reviewer

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

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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