I’m sure everyone has been waiting with bated breath for that one movie to come along that perfectly encapsulates the feeling and excitement of the new year coming upon us- well you can keep waiting. It’s not that NEW YEAR’S EVE isn’t capable of delivering extremely small hints of cool ideas for a New Year’s movie, but it also injects way too many mediocre ideas that drag the movie down. Gary Marshall never learned the saying “less is more” even after his previous holiday movie effort, VALENTINE’S DAY.
I’m not truly sure of the best way to describe the plot of this without going on and on to boring detail. Basically what we have here is a series of mini stories of people’s experiences throughout New Year’s Eve that all connect in some way shape or form. Each story features recognizable celebrities such as Josh Duhamel, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfieffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Robert De Niro.
NEW YEAR’S EVE is not a good movie- but I pretty much expected that going into it. It is with that sort of mind set going in that I didn’t walk out feeling cheated. Before I go much further let me say, I would not recommend a film like this to anyone I know that has the same taste in movies as me- I would however expect that this movie does have a specific audience otherwise a movie like VALENTINE’S DAY would not have made money.
Most people already know what they are in for when they go in to watch this film- if not then you either didn’t see VALENTINE’S DAY or didn’t see the trailer. I knew what I was in for so instead of trying to enjoy the movie as a whole I just tried to focus on any part of each story that was semi enjoyable. I did vaguely enjoy some of the characters like the two dads competing for the New Year’s baby cash, the high inappropriate energy of Sofia Vergara and the horny old dude during Josh Duhamel’s story. When I say I enjoyed them I mean it was all I could cling to without checking out of the film altogether.
None of the actors are what I would call bad, but at the same time they are doing very little with what little they were given. I can’t fault any of them really because considering the amount of stars in this movie and the amount of screen time they each have its like the movie cuts them off mid sentence so they can get to the next story for a few minutes. The film suffers more for its ambition to reach into every cookie jar and not realizing all the cookies are stale. There’s too many plot devices here that either don’t make sense or were not fully realized. Either we have to believe there are only two couples in the entire city of New York having a baby that night, that Josh Duhamel will pass up a threesome for a girl he met a year before for a short time and didn’t get a name or that Robert De Niro has reached the point in his career that he agreed to be in this as a dying old man obsessed with watching the ball drop from a hospital.
Again, it’s not that there aren’t small things here and there that are sort of funny or enjoyable it’s just that everything is thrown in with very little thought given to it. NEW YEAR’S EVE is that closet we stuff all the random junk into when we have company coming over then forget about- there’s bound to be things we want out of that closet but you have to pick through the trash to get to it. The film is generic enough to likely be somewhat of a crowd pleaser but for more hardcore cinefiles this is the kind of movie that is mostly suitable to crush into little bits and used as cat litter. Seeing this movie is one resolution you don’t have to feel guilty about breaking.