New Year’s Eve
New Years Eve sucks: I know this is a prominently held belief by many people because there are too many people, too high expectations, too much noise signifying nothing, and a lot of people doing a lot of acting out. This also very accurately describes Gary Marshall’s new movie, New Year’s Eve. It sucks. Too many people wandering around trying too hard to pretend to have a good time, working too hard at it, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing. If a director could make Robert DeNiro look bad, you know he’s really talented. This one makes a whole lot of people look bad, including Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, who’s the only person who looks almost okay in this one, Hector Elizindo, Catherine Heigl Ashton Kutcher, Seth Myers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Pfeiffer; you get the point. Even the singing looks horrible. Looking dowdy is not easy but Gary, you managed it. Congratulations. The point about this movie, I guess, is there is no point. It’s just an excuse to get a whole lot of people involved. None of it really rings true and there were some points that the audience actually laughed at things that were supposed to be bittersweet, or at least not funny. Skip this one. Half a star.
JOY METER 1/2