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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Wealthy young people party in overly ambitious drama.

Movie NR 2014 85 minutes
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AFFLUENZA gets points for ambition. The story it's trying to tell has weight, and the lenses through which it's trying to view a story that's far more expansive than a typical coming-of-age story -- that of a country and its young people colliding head-on with the unshakable realities of a sinking economy -- is important. Nonetheless, the way the film goes about its mission is hackneyed and awkward.

A lackluster plot about an obsessive romance is wedged between far more interesting observations about the young rich and how they fare in a rapidly changing landscape. The kids depicted are a caricature. Even the tragic Dylan (Gregg Sulkin), who in some ways is the sacrificial lamb in all of this, is drawn flimsily. Rosenfield attempts to bring gravitas to his role, which is admirable. But in many ways, Affluenza suffers from its own form of affluenza: too many glam scenes, not enough substance.

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