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The Intervention and There Is a New World Somewhere movies review: women on the verge

by MaryAnn Johanson

The Intervention green light There Is a New World Somewhere red light

Two movies about women at crossroads in their lives explore the sort of personal crisis — lost mojo! — typically reserved for men onscreen.tweet
I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Women at crossroads in their lives. Women who feel their worlds falling apart and don’t know what to do about it. Women who’ve lost their mojo… or never even found it in the first place. These are not the sorts of personal crises that we typically see women experiencing onscreen (though men have countless cinematic examples to follow when they find themselves in a rut). So I was delighted to discover two films that fall into the sparsely populated subgenre of Women Who Go in Search of a Kick in the Butt (Though They Might Not Realize That’s What They’re Doing). And they’re even both written and directed by women!


The Intervention (2016)
green light 3.5 stars

There Is a New World Somewhere (2016)
red light 2 stars

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The Intervention (2016)
US/Canada release date: Aug 26 2016 (VOD same day) | UK release date: direct to VOD

MPAA: rated R for language including sexual references
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language, infrequent strong sex references)

viewed on my iPad

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes
There Is a New World Somewhere (2016)
US/Canada release date: direct to VOD

MPAA: not rated

viewed on my iPad

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Rotten Tomatoes

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