New Year's Eve (film)
|New Year's Eve|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Garry Marshall|
|Produced by||Mike Karz
Wayne Allan Rice
|Written by||Katherine Fugate|
Jon Bon Jovi
Robert De Niro
Sarah Jessica Parker
|Music by||John Debney|
|Editing by||Michael Tronick|
|Studio||New Line Cinema
Wayne Rice Films
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release dates||December 9, 2011|
|Running time||118 minutes|
New Year's Eve is a 2011 romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. Like Valentine's Day, Marshall's previous film, it depicts a series of holiday vignettes of the state of several romances and features a large ensemble cast.
On New Year's Eve, Vice-President of the Times Square Alliance Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank) is making the final arrangements for the ball drop with the help of her friend Brendan (Ludacris). Meanwhile, after being nearly run over by a car and denied a vacation, Ahern Records secretary Ingrid Withers (Michelle Pfeiffer) quits her job and offers the deliveryman Paul Doyle (Zac Efron) tickets for the Ahern Records Masquerade Ball if Paul helps her complete a series of New Year's resolutions before midnight, which he accepts.
Paul's sister Kim Doyle (Sarah Jessica Parker) is having trouble with her teenage daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin) who wants to spend New Year's Eve with her friends and her boyfriend Seth Anderson (Jake T. Austin) in Times Square. Paul's friend, comic book illustrator Randy (Ashton Kutcher), who hates New Year's Eve after his girlfriend left him on a date, gets stuck in an elevator with Elise (Lea Michele), an aspiring singer who will be providing back-up for musician Daniel Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) in his show at Times Square. He also prepares to perform at the Ahern Records ball, where he rekindles his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Katherine Heigl).
At a nearby hospital, Stan Harris (Robert De Niro), a man in the final stages of cancer who refuses chemotherapy and who only wishes to see the ball drop one last time, is kept company by Nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) and Nurse Mindy (Alyssa Milano) after his doctor (Cary Elwes) reveals he will not last much longer. In the same hospital, a young couple name Griffin (Seth Meyers) and Tess Byrne (Jessica Biel) are about to have their first child, competes with another couple, James (Til Schweiger) and Grace Schwab (Sarah Paulson), for a bonus offered for the family of the first child born in the new year. Elsewhere, Sam Ahern Jr. (Josh Duhamel), a businessman from Ahern Records, attempts to go to the Ahern Records Ball, where he is to deliver an important speech, after his car malfunctions outside New York City, all the while wondering if he should attend a meeting with a mysterious woman he met and fell in love with on the previous New Year's Eve.
In the early evening, one of the billboard lights of the Times Square panel malfunctions, jamming the ball and forcing Claire to call Kominsky (Héctor Elizondo), an electrician who the company had fired a few weeks prior. Kominsky repairs the ball before midnight, and, in gratitude, Claire leaves him in charge of the operation, and rushes to see the ball drop with her father, Stan. Meanwhile, Nurse Aimee has a video conference with her husband (Common), a soldier serving in Afghanistan.
Paul helps Ingrid complete all the items on her list, and she gives him the tickets. Meanwhile, Randy and Elise bond, and, as they are about to kiss, the elevator is repaired by the building superintendent (James Belushi) and Elise rushes to Jensen's show. Randy notices she forgot her rubber band and rushes to give it to her. At Times Square, Jensen leaves midway during his show to return to the Ahern Ball to apologize to Laura, who accepts him back and leaves with the approval of her assistant Ava (Sofía Vergara). With Jensen gone, Elise is called to replace him and attracts the attention of the crowd. She kisses Randy, and they start a romantic relationship.
Griffin and Tess have their baby and, although it is born first, they allow James and Grace to have the bonus after discovering they already have two other children to provide for. Meanwhile, after being forbidden from attending the celebration, Hailey runs away to Times Square, where she sees Seth being kissed by another girl. Heartbroken, she meets and is comforted by her mother. Seth finds them and apologizes, claiming the girl stole a kiss from him. Hailey forgives and kisses him. Her mother allows her to go to an after-party. Kim then goes to a restaurant to meet Sam, who had succeeded in delivering his speech. She is the mysterious woman he met one year prior, and they finally discover each other's names.
- Jake T. Austin as Seth Anderson 
- James Belushi as Building Superintendent 
- Halle Berry as Nurse Aimee 
- Jessica Biel as Tess Byrne 
- Sarah Paulson as Grace Schwab 
- Jon Bon Jovi as Daniel Jensen 
- Abigail Breslin as Hailey Doyle 
- Robert De Niro as Stan Harris 
- Josh Duhamel as Sam Ahern Jr 
- Zac Efron as Paul 
- Héctor Elizondo as Kominsky 
- Cary Elwes as Stan's Doctor 
- Carla Gugino as Dr. Morriset 
- Katherine Heigl as Laura 
- Ashton Kutcher as Randy 
- Ludacris as Brendan 
- Joey McIntyre as Groom Rory 
- Seth Meyers as Griffin Byrne 
- Lea Michele as Elise 
- Alyssa Milano as Nurse Mindy 
- Sarah Jessica Parker as Kim Doyle 
- Michelle Pfeiffer as Ingrid Withers
- Til Schweiger as James Schwab 
- Yeardley Smith as Maude 
- Hilary Swank as Claire Morgan 
- Sofía Vergara as Ava 
- John Lithgow as Jonathan Cox 
- Matthew Broderick as Mr. Buellerton 
- Russell Peters as Chef Sunil
- Michael Bloomberg as himself
- Ryan Seacrest as himself
- Cherry Jones as Mrs. Ahern
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "New Year's Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?" Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, "Mostly, New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld lang suck." Claudia Winkleman on the BBC One show Film 2011 said "I have found the worst film of all time, and it is called New Year's Eve." Rolling Stone shared the same opinion and gave a zero stars rating, stating "Director Garry Marshall follows last year's Valentine's Day romcom crapfest with an even more puke-up-able sample of the species" and concluding New Year's Eve is "bad beyond belief". British newspaper The Telegraph named New Year's Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011. British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011. On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman said, "New Year's Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but it's the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening."
The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Gary Marshall), Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble, losing all to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.
The film opened at the No. 1 spot at the box office with $13.0 million. It made $54,544,638 in the United States and Canada, as well as $87,500,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142,044,638.
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