New Years Eve
Garry Marshall directs another film with an all-star cast and vignettes that take place during the holidays, in the romantic film New Years Eve. One story takes place near Times Square around New Year’s Eve. Griffin (Seth Meyers) and Tess (Jessica Biel) are trying to be the first couple to have a baby in the New Year. In two other stories, Randy (Ashton Kutcher) and Elise (Lea Michele) are stuck in an elevator together and Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) and Laura (Katherine Heigl) meet over New Year’s Eve following their breakup from almost a year ago. Also, Claire Morgan’s (Hilary Swank) job is threatened when the ball is stuck just hours before it is supposed to drop and Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an unhappy office worker who hires the office currier Paul (Zac Efron) to help her meet her goals from last years New Year’s Eve in the few hours remaining before midnight. Finally, Kim (Sara Jessica Parker) fights with her daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin) about going to Times Square by herself and a man with cancer named Stan Harris (Robert De Niro) talks to his nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) about seeing the ball drop one last time. These are the main stories and characters but there are several more actors who have cameos. (Seems like everybody made an appearance except Justin Beiber.) None of the actors have more then 20 minutes of screen time but they don’t care because they are having too much fun together. Don’t worry about looking for a plot or character development because it isn’t there. This is just pure entertainment and worth seeing if you don’t expect too much. Of course, if I see The Rock dressed up as Santa Clause plugging another Garry Marshall film next year – I’m not going. My wife and I enjoyed this fun film and I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.