Director Garry Marshall is back with another holiday-themed, star-studded film, New Year’s Eve. Like his previous film Valentine’s Day, the film tells the inter-related stories among many different characters. The film is less about the who’s who this time around, and the story actually captivates.
Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer steal the movie playing the characters of Stan and Ingrid, respectively. Stan is a cancer patient trying to make it to his final New Year’s, while Ingrid is reevaluating her meaning of life. De Niro is aided by Nurse Aimee (Halle Berry), while Pfeiffer is thrown around New York with Paul (Zac Efron).
Many of the main plotlines have characters that slightly overlap, but its when everyone comes together to watch the ball drop that you see all of the cast pretty much in the same vicinity.
The film also stars Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Katherine Heigl, Seth Meyers, Sarah Jessica Parker, among others, as well as cameos by Penny Marshall, Jim Belushi, Cary Elwes, Alyssa Milano, Ryan Seacrest, and Larry Miller.
What New Year’s Eve does right is provide a film with tremendous heart. What goes wrong is that some of the plotlines are not as strong as they should be when they are compared to those of De Niro’s and Pfeiffer’s. As much as I love Abigail Breslin as an actress, and its great to see her acting all grown up, her storyline with her mother (Parker) and trying to sneak out to kiss a boy as the ball drops seemed a little too juvenille for the rest of the film. If they had added more younger stars like in Valentine’s Day, it could’ve worked.
New Year’s Eve won’t win any Oscar awards next year, but the film is one of the feel-good, cheesy movies that anyone can enjoy. If you haven’t seen it yet, take your boyfriend, girlfriend, or family to see the film and enjoy two hours of laughter and tears.
Final Grade: 7.5/10