> New Year's
2 stars (out of 5)
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac
Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Seth Meyers, Jessica
Biel, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Ashton Kutcher, Lee
Michele, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Hector
Last year director Garry Marshall gave us Valentine's
Day, a multi-strand tale of romantic complications during
Valentine's Day in Los Angeles.
It did well enough for him to now give us New Year's
Eve (Hoyts and Rialto) a multi-strand tale based on New
Year's Eve in New York.
I liked Valentine's Day and had high hopes for this
one. But who has not already seen umpteen films where New
Year's Eve in New York is presented as the ultimate in
It got off to a great start, concentrating on people whose
occupations mean they have to work on the biggest party night
of the year. Then it petered out.
Marshall has got it into his head that a key component to
romantic films is a great dollop of mystery.
Well, he is wrong. We do not care about people getting
together at midnight if we have no clue which set of folks
lock in where and it does not help if the big reveal leaves
I wanted to like this but found it too scattered; too silly;
too so-what. Never mind, there is always next year.
Best thing: Michelle Pfeiffer gets the best storyline
and she deserves it, because she is the only one not phoning
Worst thing: New Year is a time of forgiveness and
second chances and boy, Americans love to stand on a soapbox
and tell us so. Just once, could they keep their
heart-warming opinions to themselves?
See it with: A Christmas grump longing to pretend they
have bypassed the big one and are on the home stretch to New
- Christina Powley