As the short-lived Starz drama “The Girlfriend Experience” stylishly portrayed the lives of modern-day sex workers, a new romantic comedy hopes to do the same for a similar trend — the sugar baby. (A sugar baby is a younger person who accepts gifts from an older person in exchange for a romantic — and often sexual —relationship.) In “The New Romantic,” which released its first official trailer Friday, this unique relationship gets its very own bubbly teen rom-com treatment.
“The New Romatic” stars a bevy of YA-focused TV talent, including Camlia Mendes (“Riverdale”), Jessica Barden (“The End of the F***ing World”), and Hayley Law (“Altered Carbon,” “Riverdale”). Barden plays a young journalist who, disillusioned with the romantic options in her peer group, begins dating an older guy in exchange for gifts. Mendes plays the seasoned pro who first introduces Blake to the world of sugar babies, and Law rounds out their friend trio.
“The New Romantic” premiered at the SXSW Film festival earlier this year, where it picked up an award for Best First Feature. It is written and directed by Carly Stone (“Kim’s Convenience”), who shares story credit with Kyle Mann. The Orchard will release “The New Romantic” in select theaters on November 9, and digital and on demand November 13.
Check out the official trailer below.