More To Say #16: New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and stars 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, Hilary Swank and Sofía Vergara.

New Year’s Eve is the second in an unofficial trilogy of romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, set on a one-day holiday and featuring an ensemble cast in a variety of stories, the other films being Valentine’s Day (2010) and Mother’s Day (2016). Some of the cast of New Year’s Eve had previously appeared in Valentine’s Day, including Biel, Kutcher and Elizondo.

New Year’s Eve was released on December 9, 2011 and was negatively reviewed by film critics. Despite critical panning, the film was a box office success, grossing $142 million. The film earned five Golden Raspberry Award nominations, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress for Sarah Jessica Parker, Worst Director for Garry Marshall, Worst Screenplay for Katherine Fugate and Worst Screen Ensemble for the entire cast.

Set during New Year’s Eve in New York city, this movie follows several people and how the day affects them. Kim is a single mother who still thinks of her daughter, Hailey as a child who wants to go out with a boy so that she could kiss him at midnight. Claire, who is in charge of the city’s annual tradition, the ball drop on Times Square. And when something goes wrong she has to ask an electrician, who was fired, to come and fix it. Laura, a chef who is cooking the New year’s Eve party for a record company who runs into Jensen, her ex who’s a singer and performing at the party. While he tries to apologize for how things ended, she refuses to accept it. Ingrid, a woman who works at the record company, after having a near death experience, decides to quit her job and asks a young messenger, Paul to help her fulfill her resolutions. And at a hospital, Stan, a man who is in the final stages of cancer, only wishes to see the ball drop. Also Griffin and Tess, a couple who are expecting, want to be the ones who give birth first after New Year because of the available cash prize; but another couple is also about to give birth. Randy a man who’s not exactly fond of the holiday because of something that happened, finds himself trapped in an elevator with a singer who is one of Jensen’s back up singers when he performs at Times Square. And Sam, son of the owner of the record company, who is out of town and is trying to get back to the city so that he could give a speech at the party, but when he has an accident and since it’s a holiday, his car can’t be fixed so he hitches a ride with some people going to the city. But it seems he has another reason why he needs to get back.

AND there’s your reasons why you should never, never see this movie because my god, it’s just as bad as you think it would be.

I mean, what happened to Garry Marshall? Gone is this legacy of great movies he’s made such as Beaches, Pretty Woman, Nothing In Common, Overboard, Frankie & Johnny, The Princess Diaries, and Dear God and now, when people think of Garry Marshall’s legacy as a director, they think, oh that guy that made three generically horrendous comedies with everybody in Hollywood?

Nobody in any of these movies is likeable, not this movie, not Valentine’s Day, not Mother’s Day, these characters are the most blandly written and selfish characters you would ever see in a romantic comedy. Some of the reasonings behind the character’s actions in this are ridiculously stupid, the couple who are about to have a baby, the fact that they are rushing this so they can have the first baby born to win a cash prize? Not only is that stupid but it’s also pretty damn selfish, it’s like this couple, played by Jessica Biel & Seth Meyers, just wanted to have a baby just for the money and didn’t really care about being parents, it’s the ultimate form of commercialism at its’ absolute worst.

The jokes are not funny, the cast in this is just there to cash a check, it’s false sympathy on every level and New Year’s Eve is the ultimate form of commercialism at its’ absolute worst, avoid this movie like the plague.

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