Directed by Garry Marshall
Movie Summary: Taking place over the course of one night, New Year's Eve, the film follows several single people and the situations that they find themselves in on this celebratory holiday.
Disclaimer: Most men; husbands, fiances, boyfriends, guy friends, or sons will most likely not want to see this film. Just drag them!
My Review: I'll be completely honest. I thought Valentine's Day was total crap the first time I saw it. But then it came on cable and I think I watched it two other times, because nothing else was on and I grew to love it. For me, I think it was initially the cast and their bad acting that did it for me. But I saw the potential in what Gary Marshall was trying to achieve.
Well, I think he did worlds better this time around with New Year's Eve. Though there are some familiar faces in this film from Valentines' Day (Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel), there are a slew of other big names... Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry just to name a few. And with that, the acting has improved.
In all honesty, do we really buy that these actors are who they appear to be in the different stories told? No. But the stories, themselves, are touching enough. And that's what makes the film enjoyable to watch and heartfelt at times.
Let's be honest, I'm a woman... I cry at anyone that is reflecting on mistakes that they've made in their lives ON New Year's Eve... And Josh Duhamel is hot. Enough said.
This isn't an Oscar worthy film. But it is good, and not total crap as I was thinking it would be. It's totally worth your time and your $10+ per ticket. Honestly, here are some of my favorite stories from the film.
1) Robert Deniro plays a dying man in the hospital and Halle Berry plays his nurse. You are a heartless bastard if you don't think that's touching. Plus, I think I about lost it when they continued to follow Halle Berry's character's and who it is that she is looking forward to seeing. Bring tissues. The whole audience sort of gasped and collectively sighed as we know how difficult that scenario can be for those in real life. But we were an advanced screening audience and high on soda and popcorn because we didn't have to buy our ticket.
2) Michelle Pfeiffer plays an older woman fed up with being timid and unadventurous in life. She employs Zac Efron's character to help her carry out her resolutions... In one night! Don't ask me why, but I love Michelle Pfeiffer. She can do no wrong in my eyes.
3) Josh Duhamel is gorgeous (did I already say that?) and Sofia Vergara stole every scene she was in. I would like to just borrow her accent for one day and crack myself.
So if you were interested in seeing this film, go see it. I kinda loved it. Now, everybody sing with me, "So raise you're glass if you are wrong. In all the right ways. All my underdogs, we will never, never be. Anything but loud and nitty gritty, dirty little freaks."