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The New Twenty
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The director and co-writer Ishmael Chawla never make their characters venal."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The movie is admirable for taking these people seriously, even if it does little to illuminate their individual or cultural significance."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson is a sharp observer of urban life, and his story moves along so briskly that you won't spend much time considering the fact that it should have been set in 1999"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Has interesting characters and a terrific cast, but feels somewhat contrived, bland and lacking an authentic emotional resonance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Imperfect but worthwhile"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Johnson provides them with plenty of challenges and reasons to question their values, priorities and goals."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Earnest performances can't help the warmed-over sitcom quality."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Co-writer/director Chris Mason Johnson's amateur debut effort could be credited with creating a new genre of pretentious triteness tailored to define of the pop slang word "Redonkulous.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Lacing timeless group dynamics with current concerns, Johnson straddles the line between glossy fluff and serious generational inquiry."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Chris Mason Johnson directs from a script he co-wrote, giving us little reason to care for his physically attractive, emotionally empty characters."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"There's something uniquely irritating about the kind of too-serious-for-its-own-good alternative-lifestyle drama subheading that Chris Mason Johnson's The New Twenty neatly falls under."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"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!""
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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