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    Movie Review: New Year’s Eve

    Posted: 13 Dec 2011 01:18 PM PST

    New Year’s Eve


    PG-13 for language, including some sexual references.
    Genre: Romance, comedy
    Running Time: 2 hours

    It’s the most hectic, exciting, energetic and busy night of the year for many. It’s also a time when many make a yearly trek to Times Square in downtown New York City. Streets are closed, police are many, the party atmosphere is everywhere and of course, Ryan Seacrest is never too far away either. In the midst of the excitement of celebrating the start of a New Year – New Year’s Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts.

    This is a movie were we find intertwining stories told in the midst of the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

    Let The Countdown Begin!

    As the countdown moves toward a New Year, we find a group of people working through the everyday ups and downs of life in New Year’s Eve. While some of the story-lines do tie together, others do not. The multitude of relationship and romance story-lines include; a singer and caterer, a designer and mystery man, a nurse and a dying man, as well as a teen crush just to name a few.

    The cast of those involved in New Year’s Eve reads like a page ripped from a Hollywood Who’s Who book. There’s Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zack Efron, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi and Ashton Kutcher. However, with all those stars, the movie also suffers from a bad case of disjointed story line syndrome. Clocking in at two hours there’s just not enough time to have much character development along the way. We end up seeing only snippets of what’s going on and from time to time that makes for a bumpy ride with all the jumping back and forth from one story line to another. When you have that much star power there are of course challenges when it comes to giving each star enough screen time.

    Another downfall for New Year’s Eve revolves around the fact that it appears those involved – including director Garry Marshall – were trying to recapture the success of Marshall’s surprise 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. That movie surprised many people and while it too contained a number of stars in the cast, it was not overloaded and bloated with stars like this follow up movie. There are times when the stars involved in New Year’s Eve seem to be fighting for screen time. Such was not the case in the earlier Valentine’s Day hit. Last, but certainly not least, the appearance of Penny Marshall in her brothers films is simply getting old. Apparently the only way the former Laverne and Shirley star can get work anymore is to make a cameo appearance in her brothers flicks.

    Is the movie all bad? No, New Year’s Eve is not a total loss. The overall theme of hope, reflection and second chances is a good one. The movie also includes some very intriguing and surprising plot twists along the way too. Just when you think you have it figured out, there’s a twist tossed in which makes you say – “Okay, I didn’t see that one coming”. But, the nice twists and plot surprises do not make for a great movie.

    Over all New Year’s Eve is a star-studded bloated over-kill movie trying to grab a quick buck while riding on the coat tails of the surprise 2010 hit Valentine’s Day. The best thing to say about this movie – “Move along, nothing to see here on the big screen. Wait for the DVD”.

    Moderately enjoyed the show,
    Dr. Rus