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  • Summary: Suburbia, 2008. Swept up in a heady pre-recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young, beautiful elite. With a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera, he gains access to his gorgeous cousin Kate's (Nicola Peltz) circle of wealthy and indulged friends, just as their entitled reality is about to spin out of control. [FilmBuff] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 9, 2014
    50
    “Gatsby” meets “Gossip Girl” in this outsider-among-the-wealthy story set, like Fitzgerald’s novel, on Long Island.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Jul 11, 2014
    42
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Abby Garnett
    Jul 10, 2014
    40
    The film is dragged down by its awkwardly paradoxical story, which tries too hard to care too little.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jul 11, 2014
    38
    Affluenza thinks it is deep when it is merely trite. It illuminates nothing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 10, 2014
    33
    The film is an empty shell, reducing a complex lament to a shallow portrait of wealthy hedonists behaving badly.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 17, 2014
    30
    The movie opens with the suggestion that it will address the generational divide, but it has nothing of substance to say.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 10, 2014
    20
    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.

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