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The New Twenty (2009)



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A circle of friends who met in college struggle to come to terms with their successes, their failures, and their ambitions as they approach their 30th birthdays in this independent drama. Yuppie Julie (Nicole Bilderback) has been scaling the corporate ladder with skill and enthusiasm since graduation, and her longtime boyfriend and husband-to-be, Andrew (Ryan Locke), wants to take what he's learned from his years as a businessman and apply it to a new firm he plans to launch. However, Andrew is lured away from his plans by fast-talking financier Louie (Terry Serpico), who takes advantage of Andrew's workaholic nature and causes a rift between him and Julie. Julie's brother Tony (Andrew Wei Lin) hasn't had much success with long-term relationships until he meets Robert (Bill Sage), a handsome and charming academic. However, Tony is troubled by the fact Robert is almost two decades older than he is, and has been diagnosed as HIV-positive. Ben (Colin Fickes) is overweight, painfully shy and lonely, and is hoping that Andrew will give him a job with his new company that will take him out of his rut. And Felix (Thomas Sadoski) is embarking on a tentative romance with Lucy (Cordelia Reynolds), but that, like everything else in his life, is compromised by his ongoing addiction to heroin. The New Twenty was the first feature from writer and director Chris Mason Johnson.
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Bill Sage
as Robert
Tom Sadoski
as Felix
Ryan Locke
as Andrew
Karen Olivo
as Bethany
Larry Pine
as Old Cowboy
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Critic Reviews for The New Twenty

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

The director and co-writer Ishmael Chawla never make their characters venal.

July 3, 2009
Denver Post
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Johnson provides them with plenty of challenges and reasons to question their values, priorities and goals.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Chris Mason Johnson directs from a script he co-wrote, giving us little reason to care for his physically attractive, emotionally empty characters.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
New York Post
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The movie is admirable for taking these people seriously, even if it does little to illuminate their individual or cultural significance.

March 20, 2009
New York Times
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Earnest performances can't help the warmed-over sitcom quality.

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
New York Daily News
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Chris Mason Johnson's ensemble drama could've been just another earnest time capsule about friends in their late twenties; what saves it from devolving into mere mumblecore is a broader-than-average outlook.

Full Review… | March 18, 2009
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The New Twenty


There's nothing particularly new or moving in this study of friends growing up and apart from one another, which only makes you want to yell, "Move on! College was ten years ago!"

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

interesting piece of art but it really doesnt make as big a statement about the world as they many have said...or maybe i just already knew what the point of this film is and its yesterdays news to me? anyway i say skip it!

Shawn Wade
Shawn Wade

A bunch of whiners sittin' around talking...and yelling! Who cares?

jay nixon
jay nixon

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