New Year's Eve

  • 12
  • Garry Marshall (2011)
  • US
  • 113 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

In Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall's follow-up to Valentine's Day, a huge string of stars fails to light up a trawl through New York on the eve of 2012, while Marshall totally disregards the earlier film's observational humour in favour of schmaltzy sentiment. Michelle Pfeiffer is the highlight as a bitter frump who aims, with the help of a relentlessly upbeat Zac Efron, to make all her dreams come true before midnight. Meanwhile, Jessica Biel gets a chuckle as a pregnant woman determined that her child be the first born of the new year. But Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher and Hilary Swank are lumbered with neurotic characters in banal situations, and Katherine Heigl's romance with Jon Bon Jovi is decidedly off-key. Marshall also struggles to balance this fluff with a weightier storyline that features Robert De Niro as a dying man who - for no credible reason - endeavours to see the famous ball drop in Times Square one last time. And it's fair to say that Marshall dropped the ball with this one, too.

Plot Summary

Various New Yorkers wrestle with personal and romantic challenges in their lives on the last night of the year, including a record company executive determined to make a fresh start and a dying man who wants to join the traditional Times Square festivities one last time. Comedy drama, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Efron.

Cast and crew

Cast

Stan
Robert De Niro
Randy
Ashton Kutcher
Ingrid
Michelle Pfeiffer
Nurse Aimee
Halle Berry
Kim
Sarah Jessica Parker
Claire
Hilary Swank
Laura
Katherine Heigl
Tess
Jessica Biel
Paul
Zac Efron
Brendan
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
Jensen
Jon Bon Jovi
Sam
Josh Duhamel
Elise
Lea Michele
Ava
Sofia Vergara
Hailey
Abigail Breslin
Kominsky
Hector Elizondo
Griffin
Seth Meyers
James
Til Schweiger

Crew

Director
Garry Marshall

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Dec 2011
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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