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Affluenza

5/10
Romance . Drama
 

Follows aspiring photographer Fisher Miller as he escapes his middle-class life in upstate New York for the moneyed mansions of Great Neck, Long Island, when he moves in with his aunt and uncle while he applies to college in Manhattan. Finding himself on the outside looking in at his beautiful cousin Kate’s circle of indulged and entitled friends, he ingratiates himself with a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera that he uses to document their hard-partying exploits. Invited to the group’s end-of-summer celebration, Fisher becomes fast friends with his host, the fabulously rich Dylan Carson, a long-time admirer of Kate. Before long he is swept up in a heady world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex. But, as the burgeoning financial crisis spirals out of control, the once seemingly endless stream of money begins to dry up; friendships, romances and marriages melt down; and the glamorous veneer that once captivated Fisher turns toxic.

 
Actors: Roger Rees , Danny Burstein , Adriane Lenox , Carla Quevedo , Valentina de Angelis , Samantha Mathis , Grant Gustin , Nicola Peltz , Gregg Sulkin , Ben Rosenfield
Directors: Kevin Asch
Country: USA
Release: 2014-07-11
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  • Sara Stewart

    “Gatsby” meets “Gossip Girl” in this outsider-among-the-wealthy story set, like Fitzgerald’s novel, on Long Island.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephan Lee

    The generational conflict — overly ambitious parents and their disaffected millennial children — plays so on-the-nose it almost seems like satire, but it’s really just bad writing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Abby Garnett

    The film is dragged down by its awkwardly paradoxical story, which tries too hard to care too little.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Straining to find a correlation, even metaphorical, between teenage hedonism and economic collapse, Affluenza never coheres.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    Nothing is revealing or surprising in this horse-beating tale of spiritual poverty among the extremely wealthy. It’s uninvolving enough to make Ayn Rand herself beg for a bailout.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    Affluenza thinks it is deep when it is merely trite. It illuminates nothing.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    The film is an empty shell, reducing a complex lament to a shallow portrait of wealthy hedonists behaving badly.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    The movie opens with the suggestion that it will address the generational divide, but it has nothing of substance to say.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    A splashy-looking yet depressingly empty exercise that is never more shallow than the times when it tries to go deep.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    The film is like an episode of Gossip Girl that's mistaken itself for one of the great satires by Evelyn Waugh.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The movie’s ennui feels like so much posing, and the Bret Easton Ellis-lite characters are monotone. It’s rich in effort, but it all comes to diminishing returns.

    New York Daily News Full Review