New Year’s Eve (12A)
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Time Out says
Tue Dec 6 2011Director Garry Marshall continues his systematic defilement of the calendar’s most romantic holidays with another romcom built and executed like a ’70s disaster movie. Repeating the formula from last year’s ‘Valentine’s Day’, Marshall assembles an all-star cast including (deep breath) Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Meyers, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Lea Michele from ‘Glee’ and many, many more for a labyrinth of intersecting melodramas and love stories set in New York City on, naturally, December 31. The hypothetical advantage of such a massive ensemble is the assumption that, somewhere among the high quantity of characters, there’ll be a few folks we actually like. Yet each plot thread is worse than the last: a welcome break from Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi’s interminable lovers’ quarrel simply means another trip to the hospital to watch Halle Berry console a cancer-ridden Robert de Niro. It all adds up to a celebrity-obsessed city symphony played on one painfully flat note.
Author: Matt Singer, Time Out New York
Thu Dec 8 2011
Cast and crew
Jessica Biel, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Sofía Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank