ⓘ New Years Eve (2011 film)
New Years Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The film consists of an ensemble cast consisting of Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Jake T. Austin, Hilary Swank, and Sofia Vergara.
New Years Eve is the second in an unofficial trilogy of romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, set on a one-day holiday and featuring an ensemble cast in a variety of stories, the other films being Valentines Day 2010 and Mothers Day 2016. Some of the cast of New Years Eve had previously appeared in Valentines Day, including Biel, Kutcher, and Elizondo. New Years Eve was released on December 9, 2011, and grossed $142 million.
New Years Eve follows several interconnected stories of people experiencing various problems on New Years Eve.
Vice-President of the Times Square Alliance Claire Morgan Hilary Swank is making the final arrangements for the ball drop with the help of her friend, police officer Brendan Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. Meanwhile, after being nearly run over by a car and denied a vacation, Ahern Records secretary Ingrid Withers Michelle Pfeiffer quits her job and offers deliveryman Paul Doyle Zac Efron tickets for the Ahern Records Masquerade Ball if Paul helps her complete a series of New Years resolutions before midnight, which he accepts.
Pauls older sister Kim Doyle Sarah Jessica Parker is having trouble with her teenage daughter Hailey Abigail Breslin, who wants to spend New Years Eve with her friends and her boyfriend Seth Anderson Jake T. Austin in Times Square, though Kim wants to spend the new year with Hailey after her divorce. Pauls best friend, comic book illustrator Randy Ashton Kutcher, who hates New Years Eve after his girlfriend left him on a date, gets stuck in an elevator with Elise Lea Michele, an aspiring singer who will be providing back-up for musician Daniel Jensen Jon Bon Jovi in his show at Times Square. Jensen is also preparing to perform at the Ahern Records ball while attempting to rekindle his relationship with his ex-fiancee, Laura Katherine Heigl.
At a nearby hospital, Claires father Stan Harris Robert De Niro, a man in the final stages of cancer who refuses chemotherapy and who wishes only to see the ball drop one last time, is kept company by Nurse Aimee Halle Berry and Nurse Mindy Alyssa Milano after his doctor Cary Elwes reveals he will not last much longer. In the same hospital, a young couple named Griffin Seth Meyers and Tess Byrne Jessica Biel are about to have their first child, and they compete with another couple, James Til Schweiger and Grace Schwab Sarah Paulson, for a bonus offered to the family of the first child born in the new year. Elsewhere, Sam Josh Duhamel, a businessman from Ahern Records, attempts to go to the Ahern Records Ball, where he is to deliver an important speech, after his car malfunctions outside New York City, all the while wondering if he should attend a meeting with a mysterious woman he met and fell in love with on the previous New Years Eve. Sam is able get a ride from a cheerful family in an RV.
In the early evening, one of the LED panels on the Times Square Ball malfunctions, jamming the ball and forcing Claire to call Kominsky Hector Elizondo, an electrician whom the company had fired a few weeks prior. Kominsky repairs the ball before midnight, and, in gratitude, Claire leaves him in charge of the operation as she rushes to see the ball drop with her father, Stan. Meanwhile, Nurse Aimee has a video conference with her husband Chino Common, a soldier serving in Afghanistan. Stan passes away just after the ball drops amid a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne", with a crying Claire holding his hand.
Paul helps Ingrid complete all the items on her list, and she gives him the tickets. They later say goodbye to each other, but Paul decides to take her to the Ahern Records ball as his date. Meanwhile, Randy and Elise bond in the elevator as they share their lives and problems. Just as they are about to kiss, the elevator is repaired by the building superintendent James Belushi and Elise rushes to Jensens show. Randy notices she forgot her rubber bracelet and rushes to give it to her. At Times Square, Jensen leaves midway during his show to return to the Ahern Ball to apologize to Laura, who accepts him back and leaves with the approval of Sam. With Jensen gone, Elise is called to replace him and attracts the attention of the crowd. She kisses Randy, and they start a romantic relationship.
Griffin and Tess have their baby and, although it is born first, they lie to allow James and Grace to have the bonus after discovering they already have two other children to provide for. Meanwhile, after being forbidden from attending the celebration, Hailey runs away to Times Square, where she sees Seth being kissed by another girl, Lily, unaware that he had been kissed against his will. Heartbroken, she meets and is comforted by her mother. Kim finally realizes that she was too selfish for not allowing Hailey to spend the New Year with them. Seth finds them and apologizes, revealing Lily to have stolen a kiss from him. Hailey forgives him and kisses him back. Her mother allows her to go to an after-party. Kim then goes to a restaurant to meet Sam, who had succeeded in delivering his speech. She is revealed to be the mysterious woman whom he met one year prior, and they finally discover each others names. The film ends with Paul and Ingrid having fun at the Ahern Records ball party.
2.1. Reception Critical reception
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 136 reviews and an average rating of 3.1/10. The sites critical consensus reads, "Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Years Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 22 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, New Years Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?" Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, "Mostly, New Years Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld Lang Syne." Claudia Winkleman on the BBC One show Film said "I have found the worst film of all time, and it is called New Years Eve." Rolling Stone shared the same opinion and gave a zero stars rating, stating "Director Garry Marshall follows last years Valentines Day romcom crapfest with an even more puke-up-able sample of the species" and concluding New Years Eve is "bad beyond belief". British newspaper The Telegraph named New Years Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011. British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011. On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly s Owen Gleiberman said, New Years Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but its the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening."
The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director Garry Marshall, Worst Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble, losing all to Adam Sandlers Jack and Jill.
2.2. Reception Box office
The film opened at the No. 1 spot at the box office with $13 million. It made $54.5 million in the United States and Canada, as well as $87.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142 million.
New Years Eve, and its predecessor Valentines Day, were parodied in December 2011 on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in a trailer for the fictional film The Apocalypse, set on the last day on Earth. They were similarly parodied on the TV show 30 Rock, in the January 2012 episode "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell", in a trailer for a film called Martin Luther King Day, whose large cast includes Jenna Maroney.