Festive Films: New Year’s Eve (2011) Review

2.5/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Garry Marshall

118 mins

Starring: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Ludacris, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Héctor Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Jake T. Austin, Hilary Swank, Sofía Vergara.

Well it’s no Love Actually (2003) (and it’s certainly trying to be) but New Year’s Eve has a great cast, some heartwarming storylines and a feel-good premise. Not the best festive film by far, New Years Eve is still worth a watch over the holidays!

An ensemble romcom intertwining stories of love, hope, forgiveness and happiness, New Years Eve tells the story of several couples and singletons and how they spend the new year.

By my count theres eight or nine interlinking NYE stories (but honestly who cares about most of them…) and almost all of them center around the Times Square street party.

Hilary Swank plays the executive in charge of the event who’s day is challenged when the iconic decorative ball gets stuck.

Ashton Kutcher who’s in Valentines Day, another ensemble romcom, plays a comic illustrator who strongly dislikes the holiday. He’s stuck in a lift with Lea Michele – the backing singer for Jenson played by Jon Bon Jovi.

Jenson is paired with 27 Dresses and Knocked Up star Katherine Heigl. Their storyline centers around betrayal and second chances.

Then there’s Sarah Jessica Parker who plays the overprotective mother of Abigail Breslin – she’s looking to have her first kiss in Times Square with Jake T. Austen.

There’s also a more serious, contemplative strand which focuses on an elderly patient (Robert De Niro) nearing the end of his life. Halle Berry plays his kind nurse.

The sixth plot centers around Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer who play a young courier and a secretary respectively. Michelle Pfeiffer’s character has made a list of resolutions to complete before the bells and enlists Mr Efron to help her complete them which he happily agrees to when she promises him tickets to a masquerade ball.

Another plot centres around two couples hoping to have the first baby of 2012 for the cash prize which comes with this achievement.

And then there’s the guy who is hoping to meet the same woman he met at the previous year’s NYE celebrations (as IF they’d both still be single and would turn up at the same location…).

An all round okay film, New Years Eve isn’t nearly as bad as some other reviews suggest but it’s not the best film that ANY of the ensemble cast have participated in by a looong shot…

There are a few funny moments in the film so it isn’t a total disaster and the romantic stuff is cute (if you like that sort of thing) but the blooper reel at the end is almost funnier than the film itself and that really says it all, doesn’t it?

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