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Where to begin? Okay, it was awful.
What I immediately noticed was this thing was pieced together very badly. It wasn't cut away with a 'meanwhile' feel to it, suddenly we would just see someone again (I noticed how badly it was done when it cut from Phieffer and Efron, goes to someone else, then falls back to Phieffer and Efron, then off again).
Catch a two-part Love Boat episode and see how well it goes from story to story.
And are these all the jobs for women? Swank is oveseeing the New Year's celebration (definitely straining to channel Maureen O'Hara from Miracle on 34th St), this woman Hiegl was it, the caterer, and then Sarah JP as some flashlighted dress designer. Looked more like a seamstress to me. They all seemed to be channeling the same 'Im a professional woman' image.
I think the funniest bit was that all of America, no, the WORLD is going to be watching NYC on New Year's Eve.
Uh, hello? Never heard of time zones? It was probably what? Nine or ten in the morning where Halle Berry's man was stationed. Who watches celebrations in NY? NY is probably the fourth-to-the-last time zone to celebrate the new year, towards the end. So why would the WORLD be watching what is going on in NY? And Swank's speech sucked.
Sometimes it felt like I was watching a Happy Days or Laverne & Shirley marathon, with pregnant women and trapped in elevators.
One bit I did notice, Seth Meyers' wife pushed on the belly a bit too much, clearly displaying it wasn't a baby.
And is this New York? A race to see who has the first baby of the year? As I said, check out a couple of eps of Love Boat, or better yet still, look for a TV movie called Last American Traffic Jame (retitled on IMDb as Gridlock) for an idea of how overlapping, inter-twining stories can be sorted out and placed with characters interacting. It can be done.
Unfortunately, New Years Eve wasn't it.
I cant see why people hate this movie so much. As for me it is a feel good movie. The movie is giving not only the movie but also the viewers a lot of hope. Yes i get it that this movie is not really digging deep enough to give a more powerful story, sentimental values bla2 and so on but the question is how do you put a lot of stories in one movie and make the viewers feel good. If its a series yes you can really go to the roots but this is a movie so the most the director has is two and a half hour plus. You may argue that lesser story would be better but i am sorry there are people out there who want more stories in a movie too and not series where when they leave you one week just to make you wonder what is going to happen next. For me, once again i have to say that this is a feel good movie. This movie should make you feel good after you have watch it and yes i did feel it after watching this movie. Yes you may say things like this would never happen in real life but hey we need movies like this so that we could give our self a second chance and hope. In terms of humor, this movie also will definitely make you laugh and smile in many scenes. It is not a great movie but it is a feel good movie.
Watch this if...movies about relationships and kindness hit home for
you. If you liked Valentine's Day, Crash, etc., you may enjoy this
Acting/Casting: 7* - Tons of great actors that all play their roles well and some not so great actors that play their roles not so well. Efron stands out as annoying and out of his league, while De Niro and Pfeiffer give great performances.
Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 5.5* - There is a lot going on in this film and the director manages to do a nice job of pacing the movie. There are some nice scenes of New Year's preparation in New York City, but nothing amazing in this category and overall it is a little above average.
Plot/Characters: 5.5* - Simply a story about multiple individuals and their relationships, which happens to be set on New Year's Eve. It is an okay plot that is nothing new and has been done before.
Entertainment Value: 5* - It has a nice message, but the truth is that it is only marginally entertaining. I wouldn't tell anyone it was a must see.
My Score: 7+5.5+5.5+5 = 23/4 = 5.75
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NEW YEAR'S EVE falls into that class of films best labeled 'cute'. Lots
of stories, most of little consequence, an attempt to pull everything
together with the premise that new Year's Eve gives everyone a chance
to make things different in the following year (the New Year's
Resolution carried to the extreme), some funny jokes pushed over the
edge toward silly, and a script full of holes. But the bouncing around
from micro story to micro story works OK because it gives the actors
involved a chance to come on set for a day or two of work and leave
unstressed and financially healthy. Katherine Fugate wrote the stewed
ingredient stories for Garry Marshall to stir, and the list of actors
involved is staggering: Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro,
Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers , Sarah Paulson, Til
Schweiger, Carla Gugino, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Sofía Vergara,
Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin,
Josh Duhamel, Larry Miller, Penny Marshall, Cherry Jones, Hilary Swank,
Ludicrous, Hector Elizondo, Ryan Seacrest, Matthew Broderick, John
Lithgow and more.
This is a razzle dazzle movie with some good moments, improbable though they mostly are, and a nice mindless evening to enjoy popcorn. Enter with low expectations and take it for what it is - entertainment.
This may quite possibly be the worst movie ever made. The only thing that's remarkable about this film is how anyone got so many famous actors that aren't cheap, to make this movie. I'm sure they pitched it as "Love Actually meets New York on New Year's Eve" or something stupid like that. Whomever got this movie made must be a great sales person because this movie is just one big piece of crap! There is nothing redeeming about it at all. The couples aren't believable and more importantly, I didn't care about them at all. There was no build up to believable chemistry. We were just supposed to take it on faith. Don't waste your time on this one!
Okay, so I'm not a lover of romantic comedy (unless it has Sandra Bullock in!!) but I dispelled belief and went to see this timely all-star comedy! (I use the aforementioned words loosely!). Even my romantic comedy-liking wife felt that this film was badly written, full of unrealistic events, and just, terrible. Hilary Swank seems to have become the new Julia Roberts, and when she pouted and said that speech that sent the whole universe into silence, including the whole of Times Square (as if!), it defied all logic. John Bon Jovi, he's not an actor, not a good one anyway - as he delivered unbelievable lines with no expression or feeling, and expects the audience to be carried along with his story.......sadly not. The SJP storyline with her getting across New York, finding a horse and carriage and getting to him in about 5 minutes, with no background to their story, left the audience with no desire to "feel" their passion. It was just badly written. Katherine Heigl = what's with those terrible roots?? And as for the hospital baby plot and "humour", that was so bad it was untrue. Firstly, we are shown a room with a tonne of newborns, so are we to believe that the first baby after midnight contest was purely between these two terrible couples? And as if the second couple would have given up the prize to the others in that way - the first couple had been obscene to them through out, and human-kindness doesn't stretch that far, not unless it's a fantasy film like this one of course!! They wasted John Lithgow, aka the Trinity Killer from Dexter, with just one scene. I kinda hoped he'd show up and kill off the entire cast........
What a load of obsessive-compulsive disorder drivel, all centered around a light ball in New York not working as planned. Seriously a brilliant cast of actors but a storyline of absolute hogwash. The theme was predicable and ever so thin. I got the impression the whole movie was a done in an attempt to raise funds for some charity, with the actors coming along for the ride out of goodwill. I would love to use better words to describe this. Close on 2 hours of mindless bung... even my partner who I can honestly describe as a "romantic" in the lines of "Love Actually" etc was vocalizing retching sounds at the end of the movie that had the whole cinema in laughter...
Director Garry Marshall one who's known for doing Hollywood films filled with a big selection of stars is at it again this time with "New Year's Eve" and here this film follows an intersection of New York characters as they prepare for New Year's Eve and the time square ball to drop. You name it these people are dealing with life and it's problems of relationships, love, sickness, journey, and family time of coming together as you will see romance rekindled and break ups and births happening at midnight. Nice was the tease scene of Abgail Breslin flashing her sexy yellow colored bra! And it was nice to see an appearance from Michelle Pfeiffer as it was interesting to see her character as a woman determined on a life journey. Your heart went out to Robert De Niro as a dying man with cancer and amusing was Ashton Kutcher's elevator mishap and it was some eye candy treats seeing a picture with two sexy ladies like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Biel. Overall not a blockbuster, but one star studded commercial film that tries to wish for world peace and friendship while trying for a smile on everyone's face.
Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the personal assistant to a bigwig at a Manhattan recording company (John Lithgow). But, on the morning of New Year's Eve Day, when she trips and falls on some garbage bags near the office, its the last straw. So, when a handsome young courier (Zac Ephron) brings her some tickets to a swanky Eve ball, she offers to give him the tiny slips of cardboard for a price. She has her list of resolutions from the previous year and not one of them have been met. The deal is on. Meanwhile, a comic book artist (Ashton Kutcher) gets stuck in an elevator with a young singer (Lea Michele) while a chef (Katharine Heigl) finds herself catering an event where her former boyfriend, Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) is set to sing. Times Square event planner (Hilary Swank) and her sidekick police officer (Ludacris) have to make sure the ball dropping event goes off without a problem. A dying man (Robert De Niro) checked into a hospital near the Square, so he could see the ball drop, but his doc won't let him on the roof. A kind nurse (Halle Berry), however, might make it happen. Also in the city are two couples (one is Seth Meyer and Jessica Biel) who are hoping to "drop" the Eve baby at the same hospital and snag the $25,000 famous baby gift. But, that's not all folks! A recording exec (Josh Duhamel) has to go to a wedding in Connecticut but needs to be back in Manhattan on the Eve, for a meeting with a lady who stole his heart. Finally, a theater seamstress (Sarah Jessica Parker) wants to spend the Eve with her teen daughter (Abigail Breslin), since her ex-husband got her last year, but the young gal wants to go to the Square with friends, especially to meet a boy she likes. Mom says no. So, with all of these stories in the Big Apple, will everyone start the New Year off right? You bet! This is quite a nice story, no matter what the hard hearted critics say, and its also romantic, funny, touching, and beautifully photographed. Spending any time with these fun folks and their adventures is hardly a waste of time. This viewer especially liked Ingrid's list and Ephron's ingenious ways of fulfilling it. In addition to the cast mentioned above, Hector Elizondo, Penny Marshall, Sofia Veraga, Cherry Jones and Larry Miller also drop by to steal scenes. No, real life probably does not end as happily as things do here, but that doesn't mean that the film doesn't also have some footing in reality as well. So, folks, why don't you go grab some tickets tonight or make plans for a New Year's Eve view yourself. Follow it up with light drinks and snacks and you could begin your own New Year on the happy cloud.
Michelle Pfeiffer's subplot about quitting her job on New Year's Eve,
and attempting to live out a list of fantasies was kind of amusing, but
all other drawn out vignettes were either just boring or grating.
Usually good Jessica Beil should be embarrassed about playing a self absorbed girl who (along with her husband) are pitifully more concerned with the childish novelty of having the first child born in the new year, rather than concerned about the kid about to be born. Her doctor, who refuses to help force the birth, is one of only a few likable characters in this thing. Another likable character is gorgeous Lea Michelle's groupie character, who is stuck in a lift with Ashton Kutcher. That vignette however, was as dull as Ashton Kutcher is himself (How is that dimbulb famous?)
Katherine Heigl is just, ... well, ... Katherine Heigl. A stuck up, grumpy primadonna bickering with John Bon Jovi, even jovially throwing eggs at a poster bearing his likeness. Most of her excruciating scenes were fast-forwarded through as we watched this. John Bon Jovi puts in the most random cameo since Billy Ray Cyrus' cameo in Mulholland Drive (but Cyrus' cameo in that film was actually funny)
DeNiro's elderly character is on his deathbed, but still wants to freeze his ass off on the rooftop, watching the ball drop at the stroke of midnight. Yawn. I've never understood what is the appeal to watching the infamous ball drop on New Year's Eve? What does the ball dropping have to do with New Year's Eve?
A teenage girl pointlessly flashes her bright yellow bra at her mother in the middle of Times Square, trying to convince mom to let her go alone to watch that bloody ball drop, in a quite out-dated vignette, seemingly left over from the 1940s.
Film is just an excuse to show a lengthy list of Hollywood A-listers, and present them in underwritten mini stories in this overly busy train wreck of a movie, hoping their fans will turn out to see them playing characters who are either just moronic, or repellent.
It was like the filmmakers took a plate of spaghetti (with each spaghetti noodle representing one of this film's underwritten subplots, randomly presented) and flung it at the wall, knowing that some of it might stick briefly before falling to the floor, but in the end, it leaves nothing but a huge mess as a reminder, and ends up being nothing but a waste.
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