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
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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