Episodic story about a yuppie couple who're going broke, and can't decide if they want to stay together - but openly sleep around and experiment with different lifestyles, or not.

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Michael Tolkin

Writer:

Michael Tolkin
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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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A 'grown-up' film about adult relationships, and the vapidness of new ageism. Peter and Katherine Witner are well-off, SoCal yuppies. They're intelligent, and have great jobs but no centre - no real foundation which gives messaging to their lives - just very hedonistic, and emotionally immature. When they both lose their jobs, they begin to have sex with various partners. As a solution to their situation; they decide to start a business, together, and in order to find meaning to their empty lives, they turn to various new age gurus, and other such groups. Eventually, they emotionally hit rock bottom, and must 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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Isabelle Adjani was cast in the role of Katherine Witner, but left the production before shooting began. See more »

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Jeff Witner: How are your morals tonight?
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Featured in At the Movies: Why Gump? Why Now? (1994) See more »

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A film off the beaten path.
28 July 2004 | by gsnoorkySee all my reviews

The response to this film was a little more negative than I expected. I liked the film better than Tolkin's "The Rapture." It's one of my favorites to watch for non-serious viewing.

The film has a quirkiness, even a spookiness, that, apparently, many dislike and don't understand. I wanted to recount the plot; however, since that's not desired, I don't see why other reviewers think the plot is so implausible.

Peter Weller's and Judy Davis' characters seem to be mismatched partners, but is that so implausible? This dissonance was probably intended, but disliked by many viewers. Anyway, the main characters compromise themselves in many ways: I think Peter and Judy do well in the movie.

I also like Adam West in his small part, and the under-rated Patrick Bachau plays his part as a new-age guru with urbane spookiness. Corbin Bernsen has a small part at the beginning as the boss for Peter Weller's character (Weller's character is conveniently named "Peter.")

Finally, I like the depictions of certain new-age ceremonies and personalities--this is rare in movies.... I think the movie is thoughtful. It does not have much action, but don't most action films today flagrantly violate the law of "suspension of disbelief?"

This film will not be liked by the multitude in America with the attention span of a gnat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Age 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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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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