The New Age (1994)

MICHAEL TOLKIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1994.  Alcor Films, Ixtlan, New Regency Pictures, Wechsler Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Disappointing comedy that reunites and Judy Davis, who previously performed together in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch. They play a middle-aging couple in California who, thanks to employment troubles, are being forced to catch up with the trendy times of modern L.A. in order to survive. They do power-lunches, swanky soirees and shop at the best stores, but their cultural obsession with the surface world around them can’t feed the inner need that they seem to be missing. Michael Tolkin, writer of 1992’s The Player, hasn’t done as good a job of skewering California culture as he did with Altman’s classic, and constantly lets his brilliant actors down with his unimpressive scenes and forgettable dialogue. The finale has a bit of a curious turnout, but it isn’t worth waiting for.

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