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The New Age (1994)

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

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Peter Witner
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Katherine Witner
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Jean Levy
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Sarah Friedberg
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Jeff Witner
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Alison Gale
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Misha
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Ellen Saltonstall
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Anna
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Lyle
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Laura
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Mary Netter
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Dale Deveaux
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Sandi Rego
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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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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16 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$245,217 (USA)
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Was #9 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »

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Peter Witner: Money isn't money. Money is an expression of something else!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1994 (1994) See more »

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Well-paced drama, with a little dark humor.
15 June 2005 | by (Washington, DC USA) – See all my reviews

I liked this film because it does a good job of making the viewer consider what is important in life, and why. On the other hand, it is not the most exciting movie ever made. I recommend this if you want a story to ponder that exposes modern values to criticism. I give it a 7/10.

Peter and Katherine are a typical couple of California yuppies. They want to be cool, the want to indulge themselves, they live lavishly on their credit cards, and they hold "spiritual values" above wealth and work. Unfortunately, when their careers go down the toilet during the recession in the early 1990s, they fall upon hard times. They try to start an independent business, but their easy and hedonistic lifestyle prevents them from putting in the blood, sweat, and tears that are required for success in retail. Their spiritual values are of no help when things get rough, because their "New Age" values are really just a justification for selfishness and egocentricity.

The movie is the story of their loss of innocence. To get their lives back on track, they have to work hard at jobs that simply are not cool. Their elitist attitudes must give way to sacrifice and common sense. It is not clear whether this is a triumph or a tragedy for Peter and Katherine. That is left up to the viewer in this one.


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