The New TwentyHD Closed Captioning
Chris Mason Johnson
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About the Movie
Gay is the new straight. Friends are the new family. Thirty isn't what it used to be. Five best friends in their late 20's face the disintegration of their tightly knit urban tribe. Gay and straight, white and brown, driven and aimless, this disparate group lives and breathes New York City with a vivid emotional realism that captures the tenor of a new generation. Starring Terry Serpico (Michael Clayton, Hannibal) as Louie, sexy Ryan Locke as Andrew, award-winning Nicole Bilderback as Julie and with Colin Fickes, Andrew Wei Lin, and Thomas Sadowski, money and sexual tension draw these former classmates together while tearing their bonds apart. Winner - Best Leading Actress Award - Nicole Bilderback, OUTFEST Winner - Best 1st Time Director Award, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie is admirable for taking these people seriously, even if it does little to illuminate their individual or cultural significance.
Fresh: Johnson provides them with plenty of challenges and reasons to question their values, priorities and goals.
Rotten: Earnest performances can't help the warmed-over sitcom quality.
Rotten: Chris Mason Johnson directs from a script he co-wrote, giving us little reason to care for his physically attractive, emotionally empty characters.
Skillful Filmmaking, Real Characters
I saw this film in a theater in NYC and rented it again here to show some friends. At first you think it might be another glib indie, but in fact it's a mature piece of work that has something to say about masculinity and friendship. Also, it's not a "gay" film. Two of the five characters are gay. One of the leads is a woman. My guess is the filmmakers chose the shirtless image for marketing reasons. But in tone this is closer to a classic French or Italian film in which the camera style is slick and sleek and the people real and emotionally vivid. These young people are not perfect - they are very flawed and troubled - which is something else that distinguishes this movie. As entertaining as it is - and it really is very entertaining (lots of sex appeal and a bit of actual sex, too) - there is no pandering to the audience. In a way, it's like a thinking man's "St. Elmo's Fire" or like "The Big Chill" for a new, disaffected generation. Especially interesting is the mixture of gay and straight male characters who are friends and don't think that's a big deal. We may know this from life, but never see it in the movies. And a final word of praise for the director, Chris Mason Johnson. His camera work is fluid and sensual (credit also to star DP David Tumblety) and he gets strong, nuanced performances from everyone in his relatively unknown cast (theater fans, check out Karen Olivo in a small part as "Bethany"; she just won the Tony Award this year as "Anita" in "West Side Story"). If you like smart relationship movies that don't insult your intelligence, check it out!
The New Twenty
What a refreshing film! I love films about people, relationships, day-to-day living and this one does just that. The actors are great. The music is great. The editing is great. Hard to believe this is the director's, Chris Johnson's, first film! I highly recommend it.
Happy I saw it.
A very ambitious first film that succeeds in many ways. I loved the cast and the clever dialogue that created them. The plot was very naturally paced with unexpected twists; forcing me to become increasingly more engaged. It was well worth the $3 rental, but I am also going to purchase this film. Enjoy!