New Year's Eve (film)

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New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced byMike Karz
Wayne Allan Rice
Garry Marshall
Written byKatherine Fugate
StarringHalle Berry
Jessica Biel
Jon Bon Jovi
Abigail Breslin
Chris Bridges
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
Sofía Vergara
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Editing byMichael Tronick
StudioNew Line Cinema
Wayne Rice Films
Karz Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release datesDecember 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)[1]
Running time118 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$56 million[3]
Box office$142,044,638[4]
 
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New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced byMike Karz
Wayne Allan Rice
Garry Marshall
Written byKatherine Fugate
StarringHalle Berry
Jessica Biel
Jon Bon Jovi
Abigail Breslin
Chris Bridges
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
Sofía Vergara
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Editing byMichael Tronick
StudioNew Line Cinema
Wayne Rice Films
Karz Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release datesDecember 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)[1]
Running time118 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$56 million[3]
Box office$142,044,638[4]

New Year's Eve is a 2011 romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall.[5] 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film has a score of 22 on Metacritic, a "generally unfavorable" score based on 30 reviews.[26] The film has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 131 reviews.[27]

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?"[28] Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, "Mostly, New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld lang suck."[29] 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."[30] 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".[31] British newspaper The Telegraph named New Year's Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011.[32] British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011.[33] 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."[34]

The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Gary Marshall), Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble,[35] losing all to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.

Box office[edit]

The film opened at the No. 1 spot at the box office with $13.0 million.[36][37] 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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bettinger, Brendan. "Warner Bros. Release Dates 2011: New Year's Eve, Contagion 3D, Final Destination 5, Red Riding Hood, More". Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.bbfc.co.uk/AFF282612/
  3. ^ "Company Town". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ a b http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=newyearseve.htm Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve Attracts Big Names". November 9, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2011. "Glee's Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin have already signed on to the film" 
  6. ^ a b c "New ‘New Year’s Eve’ Clip – Jennifer Biel Schedules a C-Section". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Dave McNary (February 16, 2011). "Halle Berry rejoins 'New Year's Eve'". Variety. 
  8. ^ Pamela McClintock (February 16, 2011). "Halle Berry Rejoins New Line's 'New Year's Eve'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Josh Rottenberg (December 8, 2010). "Jessica Biel joins the cast of 'New Year's Eve'". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. 
  10. ^ a b c d Borys Kit (January 24, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers Join 'New Year's Eve". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ "Interview with Sarah Paulson, who plays Grace in New Year's Eve"
  12. ^ MacDonald, Gayle (December 4, 2011). "Abigail Breslin gets out of the shadow of Sunshine". Globe and Mail (Canada). Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Borys Kit (January 27, 2011). "Ice Cube, Ryan Seacrest Negotiating 'New Year's Eve' Plans". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ a b c d Borys Kit (November 8, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Ashton Kutcher Making 'New Year's Eve' Plans". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 21, 2011. "The four actors are in talks to star in the ensemble love story"  Paywall
  15. ^ "Michelle Pfeiffer hides her beauty in brown wig and frumpy outfit on New Year's Eve set". Daily Mail (London). February 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The stars come out for New Year's Eve". Retrieved December 5, 2011. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Cary Elwes Is In 'Wonder Woman' Pilot and 'New Year's Eve'". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ Dittman, Earl. "Lea, Zac, Michelle, Hilary & cast on Marshall's 'New Year's Eve'". Digital Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (February 2, 2011). "Alyssa Milano set to ring in 'New Year's Eve'". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (December 15, 2010). "Sarah Jessica Parker joins 'New Year's Eve'". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ Dave McNary (January 5, 2011). "Sienna Miller has 'New Year's Eve' date. Thesp joins New Line laffer from Garry Marshall". Variety. 
  22. ^ "Interview – Yeardley Smith". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  23. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/new-years-eve-trailer-ashton-215779
  24. ^ http://contactanycelebrity.com/cac/filming-location-new-years-eve-5/
  25. ^ "New Year's Eve: Interview - Cherry Jones". Trailer Addict. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  26. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/new-years-eve/critic-reviews
  27. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/new_years_eve_2011
  28. ^ "New Year's Eve". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  29. ^ http://www.austinchronicle.com/calendar/film/2011-12-09/new-years-eve/
  30. ^ "Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman episode 18". BBC. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  31. ^ Travers, Peter (December 8, 2011). "Movie Reviews – New Year's Eve". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Ten worst films of 2011". The Daily Telegraph (London). December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  33. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv3uWIs6Ing
  34. ^ "Movie Review: New Year's Eve". Entertainment Weekly. December 15, 2011. 
  35. ^ http://www.razzies.com/history/32ndNoms.asp
  36. ^ Box office report: 'New Year's Eve' drops the ball with $13.7 million; 'The Sitter' can't fill seats
  37. ^ Weekend Report: No Party for 'New Year's Eve'

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