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      Affluenza

      Released Jul 11, 2014 1 hr. 24 min. Drama List
      20% 15 Reviews Tomatometer 22% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Swept up in a heady pre-Recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, an aspiring photographer (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young and beautiful elite. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Pretentious and whiny - that's pretty much it. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Teenage version of The Great Gatsby, sort of boring. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A terrible movie about a topic nobody cares about Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member First read that I liked this movie. It's well cast, the story doesn't wander, it shows without over telling and I especially liked the lighting - yes, I know, strange. I'm surprised by all the bad reviews which point out it's derivative. Yes, it is heavy handed with some good scenes and quotes from other works but I also thought the director balanced this with some original scenes that made everything seem fresh. No spoilers but the two synagogue scenes alone told a very interesting story. I thought everyone's acting was good. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Affluenza takes place in the high dollar suburbs of NYC in a gilded age and in an immediate past not so long ago as the film's action is set in the pre-recession world as the characters all live a life of excess and none of them know moderation or the meaning of the world "no". The film's primary focus is upon working-class Fisher MIler (Ben Rosenfeld - Teenage) and how he decides to live his life one summer with his affluent relatives near the city and learn "all about life" in the process. Fisher is actually a working-class photographer who has decided it would be more beneficial to learn how to mingle and party with the rich than it would be to take an internship or learn how to work. Fisher is pretty vapid and apparently expects life to be carefree ... so he fits in splendidly with his cousins and their closest friends. He appears to have a slight crush on his pretty cousin Kate (Nicola Peltz - The Last Airbender) and he believes he is "important" simply because he knows some rich people -- who all happen to be horribly materialistic, shallow and callous. Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy) plays Fisher's uncle who appears to be the lone character who might understand what a stock market crash might mean to them. The crash won't make any of them better people ... it'll just make them a little poorer and give them yet something else to complain about. They know practically nothing and care even less -- they are most fortunate that affluenza isn't lethal. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Nothing really new but turns out to be quite alrightee. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Critics Reviews

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      Stephan Lee Entertainment Weekly 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. Rated: C- Dec 2, 2014 Full Review Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter Kevin Asch's sophomore feature attempts to tackle weighty themes but ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters. Jul 22, 2014 Full Review Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times "The Great Gatsby" Lite screenplay by Antonio Macia hasn't the sharpness of satire or the momentousness of an American tragedy, veering instead toward middling melodrama. Jul 17, 2014 Full Review Brent Simon Paste Magazine A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity. Rated: 3.9/10 Aug 16, 2014 Full Review S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media Wealthy young people party in overly ambitious drama. Rated: 2/5 Jul 18, 2014 Full Review Isaac Feldberg We Got This Covered Though it prefers F. Scott Fitzgerald's voice to any whisper of its own, Affluenza is well-acted and often cutting and canny in its condemnation of entitled, apathetic youth. Rated: 6/10 Jul 11, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Swept up in a heady pre-Recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, an aspiring photographer (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young and beautiful elite.
      Director
      Kevin Asch
      Screenwriter
      Antonio Macia
      Distributor
      FilmBuff
      Production Co
      Lookbook Films, M.E.G.A. Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 11, 2014, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016