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‘New Year’s Eve’ – A One Night Romance With Magic and New York!

December 30, 2011 12 Comments

Generally speaking, anytime Garry Marshall heads up a film, it nearly guarantees fun time at the theater. Each time I see one of his films, I’m its fairy-tale qualities enchant. Some of his works are family-friendly (or at least appropriate for teens) and some are very “adult.” The pre-cursor of this flick, Valentine’s Day certainly leaves something to be desired. This follow-up (of a sort) has its flaws but it is ten times better than Valentine’s Day was – or could ever hope to be.

New Year’s Eve (2011) Film Review

Despite a world of differing opinions, for one night, the whole world gathers together on New Year’s Eve. It’s the one night in the entire year when the entire world join together to celebrate the start of a new day; a whole new year of fresh starts, and a magical moment can be captured in a kiss… the one kiss that might change everything for someone.

Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an anonymous New Yorker who does her job well, but is underappreciated. Unexpectedly, Ingrid finds herself at the office on the one day she didn’t plan to be. As a result, she meets the courier service guy who delivers packages to her building. Paul (Zac Efron) wants to cheer up his buddy and roommate, Randy (Ashton Kutcher). He’s not in festive mood, but Paul determines to get his friend into the city for a night of fun. His answer comes when Ingrid offers him four tickets to the hottest party in town, contingent upon him working for her for the day. She has a bucket list you see. At the same time, Randy gets stuck in an elevator with an aspiring singer (Lea Michele) who is supposed to be singing back-up vocals to the hottest act at Time’s Square, Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi).

New Year's Eve

It was just one year ago when Jensen made a mess of his life with his girlfriend. After a proposal, the superstar ran out, leaving Laura (Katherine Heigl) all along. Now, on the same night as his NYE gig, she caters the same party. Much to his disappointment, their reunion isn’t one of forgiveness, but despite her anger, Jensen bets on the chance to make things right. Single mom Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) is at her wit’s end raising a teenage daughter, Hailey (Abigail Breslin). All Hailey wants is to stay in the city where she might share her first kiss with the guy she crushes on. Across town an expectant young couple (Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers) competes for the prize money for the first New Year baby; while a lonely man (Robert De Niro) fights to see one last New Year.

Meanwhile, Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank), the woman in charge of the NYC ball, deals with an unexpected snag with the ball. And finally, Sam (Josh Duhamal) hopes that a chance encounter from the year before turns into more than just a one-time twist of fate; and this time he won’t let her walk away.

In case you didn’t catch it, nearly every A-lister is in this cast list – and there’s more. In addition to the “main stories” in the movie, there are other familiar faces such as Carla Gugino; Halle Berry; Jake T. Austin; Sarah Paulson; and Sofia Vergara. Big-name stars like Jim Belushi; Matthew Broderick; Alyssa Milano; and Cary Elwes also make appearances. (Plus, you’ll recognize many other faces from Marshall’s works.) Movie trivia: Kutcher and Biel are also a part of the Valentine’s Day ensemble.

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New Year's Eve

Apart from its setting, there is something about its infectious energy that’s magical. Unlike its predecessor, this romcom is better than Valentine’s Day. Apparently the writers take into consideration everything that is wrong in their first attempt, and apply it to New Year’s Eve. Is it perfect? Ummm, no. But then, what is? New Year’s Eve does deliver poignant message, and I dearly love all of the characters. Efron sheds his teen idol image as Paul, and I thought his character was fun; SJP is surprisingly decent in this role and Abigail gets her first on-screen kiss here (without making it seem trashy). I also have to say that Heigl and Bon Jovi are adorable together. Initially, I was sure I’d hate him the role, instead they share some cute chemistry, and in fact, their story is one of my most favorites.

Most of the time, I don’t like a multi-arc story, but this one is really well done, and I like how the stories inner-relate. Some of them even throw in a surprise or two, which is not something to expect from this genre. To top all that off, New Year’s Eve has heart and a lot of goodness even in the imperfections. Although it won’t be in theaters, I am already eager to see this one again. It encourages “new beginnings,” has fun characters, and the glitter popper on top is the adorable end (bloopers and all). Recurring as a theme, it promises its viewer that a new year can be seen as a “gift” of hope; of new beginnings, and if we want this enough, we can make it so.

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You can digitally rent or own New Year’s Eve on Amazon Video

(There’s a handful of tacky sexual innuendos – some of which have no basis, others are true. Mild implications reference childbirth. There is a handful of swearing [bi*ch, h*ll, etc] and one misfortunate use of the f-word. There are some kisses.)

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  • Charity December 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Sounds fun. I'll have to rent it sometime. =)

  • Juju at Tales of December 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    At first I thought, "No way. Too "New York, I love you". Which I hated!" But this one I'm really considering. Great review.

  • Rissi December 31, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    Charity – yes, do, girl! If you didn't mind Valentine's Day, trust me, this one is TEN times the movie that was… and still I will enjoy indulging in that one once in a while – especially when one can use ClearPlay. ;D

    Juju – I've not seen New York, I Love You but have heard of it. This movie has a lot of heart and was really fabulous. Look into it – you might be surprised. =)

    Thank you again for your kind comments about my reviews – you don't know how much I appreciate it. =)

  • Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl) January 1, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    I agree completely. A good chick flick and way better than Valentines day. I liked the concept of these movies where there are so many story lines, the only drawback is some of the stories I really like don't get enough air time! haha

  • Rissi January 1, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    I know, right!? This one was SO much better than Garry's prior attempt at capitalizing on a major holiday. It took a more tactful approach and I really appreciated that.

    Hmmm… I guess I didn't feel like some characters weren't treated to enough screen-time but then maybe I felt like my favorite stories weren't cheated. (They included the Jensen/Laura fiasco and Ingrid/Paul story – although I did like all of the characters.) I can certainly see where one could wish certain characters had more screen-time, especially if they were favorites. =D

  • JR January 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I'm so glad to read that this one is better than Valentine's Day!! I saw a preview for New Year's Eve, and as such a sucker for rom-com's, I waited with anticipation to hear reviews about it.
    Now, it is officially on my TBW list!

  • Rissi January 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    This movie gets an A+ in comparison to Valentine's Day, JR. And, I am so glad. Just the other day I was thinking of watching VD again because I do "like" it but of the two, New Year's Eve is a huge improvement.

    I am definitely a rom-com fan – it is one of my favorite genres. Hope you enjoy this one – it is worth it. =)

  • Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    I really enjoyed Valentine’s Day so I'm excited to hear that New Year's eve is even better. =}

  • Rissi January 7, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    You'll enjoy this one then, Jen. Some might think it overly sentimental or some such term, but I think it has a lot of heart. Enjoy!

    Given that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I should perhaps re-watch it – and maybe I will. =)

    I am so glad you stopped by – I hope you do so again. =)

  • Anonymous January 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Thank Rissi! I'm enjoying your blog and reviews. =}

  • Rissi January 9, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Thank YOU, Jen – for reading and adding your input. =)

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