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New Year's Eve

A movie directed by Garry Marshall

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New Year's Eve

  • Dec 8, 2011
From the same people who brought youValentine's Day, just in case you couldn't tell, Gerry Marshall takes another holiday that is always completely blown out of proportion, slaps together a bunch of A-listers, and creates as many shallow characters with inconsequential plot lines as possible and calls it New Year's Eve. It is the exact same movie.

Want any more proof that this is the exact same movie; they cast some of the same actors and just gave them different names. That's right we are led to believe that in this universe where everyone is three degrees away from everyone else on holidays there are two people who look exactly like Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Biel on both sides of the country. Didn't you learn your lesson from the first movie; I know you didn't do it for the money because Chuck Lorre and CBS are literally throwing money at Ashton to keep their sitcom alive. Maybe it is just a fun movie to do and I assume the schedule is super flexible because they only need you for like two weeks of shooting.

We could go over all of the plot lines but added up I doubt any story gets more than twenty minutes of screen time so there is no way to make any kind of connection to the story which is probably for the better. All of the clichés you can imagine make it into the movie people get stuck in an elevator, running into an ex, first kisses, bucket lists and obviously the New Year’s Ball breaks and there is concern it may not drop on time. It doesn't really matter who stars in which role as you can just throw in any actor to be any character, as they did with Hallie Berry, it is that nondescript. Some of the more ridiculous moments feature a dying Robert De Niro trying to get to the roof of the hospital and Hilary Swank talking on National News about being nicer to people or some shit.

The movie studio involved is Warner Brothers who take a laughable amount of screen time to pimp out their next movie Sherlock Holmes which comes out next week. This movie is also brought to you by the fine people of Nivea. Nivea: Touch and Be Touched. As you can see their product placing skills even made it into my review, well done.

The best part of the movie was the ending, not only because you could finally leave but because there are some actually genuine moments in the outtakes where the actors were allowed to have a little fun on screen. This is the attitude and style the movie should have been made in, not whatever was happening on the screen.

There really is no reason to see this movie, for those of you that saw the first one in theaters you should still be shaking your head at that decision. At its absolute best the movie is hokey and at its worst it is laughably trite. I would say it is a bigger let down than the actual holiday but there was no way the expectations were all that high. F

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December 12, 2011
Ouch! Alright, I'm avoiding in theaters. What are they going to come up with next? Columbus Day? Fourth of July? :P
December 09, 2011
Every review I have read hates this film. Yet for some reason I liked it.
December 08, 2011
I remember that other movie which was named after another commercial holiday--"Valentine's Day". I love Pfeiffer so I may see this on HBO when it comes out. Great review and nice to see you posting again here!
December 08, 2011
Yeah, this may be what I call a hangover movie...meaning I'd only watch it hung over on my couch without too many brain cells firing off.
December 08, 2011
I usually do not remember this holiday as well :P
December 08, 2011
Hmmm....wonder why that is? One too many whiskeys? I'll be in Puerto Rico this year so I hope I'll be able to remember most of it!
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review by . December 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Three Academy Award Winners and Ashton Kutcher in the same film...who would have thought it....
I am going to cause a lot of controversy with this review.  Everyone seems to hate this movie.  All of the critics panned it.  The audience reviews are really bad also.  Yet I really like it a lot.  Its a clone of Love Actually and Valentines Day.  Knowing that going in, I knew what to expect.   Its a no brainer movie.  But its also romantic and sweet.  True it has no sense of reality but I didn't expect that.  Its an old fashioned feel good …
review by . December 10, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve is ostensibly a sequel to last year’s Valentine’s Day, a film I was very critical of for its surplus of subplots, overabundance of characters, and ceaseless intercutting. I described it as “a romantic comedy with Attention Deficit Disorder” and awarded it a rating of two stars. I could easily make the same argument for New Year’s Eve, and yet I feel much more forgiving this …
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Director: Garry Marshall
Screen Writer: Katherine Fugate

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