“New Year’s Eve” Heavy on Stars, Light on Story

Sidney Marks, Reporter


“New Year’s Eve” follows director Garry Marshall’s 2010 hit, “Valentine’s Day”. The star-studded movie follows the lives of New Yorkers all somehow associated with one another, finding a way to celebrate the last day of 2011.

The movie isn’t hard to follow as long as you don’t take a bathroom break. The movie changes story lines about every three to five minutes, like “Valentine’s Day”.

The story between Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers was the funniest. Biel and Meyers are up against another couple, Sarah Paulson and Til Schweiger, to have the first baby of the New Year. Both couples try to induce in gross and ridiculous ways. When her water breaks, the race begins. Known for his Weekend Updates on Saturday Night Live, Meyers was, not surprisingly, funny. But Biel was exceptionally amusing. Biel and Paulson were both appealing, and I didn’t know who I even wanted to have the baby first.

My favorite story was Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi’s plot. Heigl and Bon Jovi star as ex-lovers with a serendipitous confrontation. It has its laughs and its heart to heart moments. Heigl and Bon Jovi had impressive chemistry on screen. Even though a few slaps were thrown, the emotions behind the story can touch anyone who wants to snuggle up with their boyfriend/girlfriend.

Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele, who were the most prominently featured in the previews, hardly have any scenes compared to all the other less promoted actors. Michele and Kutcher get stuck in an elevator together and are basically forced to talk. I was disappointed hat they didn’t really expand from the characters they usually play. Every scene they had together, was expected and not that entertaining.

Abigail Breslin’s plot is one that can relate to high schoolers. Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Breslin’s fashion designer mother who wants to spend New Year’s Eve on the couch with her daughter. But when Breslin wants to go to Times Square to kiss Jake T. Austin’s character she takes extreme measures to meet him there. When the unexpected happens, Parker comforts Breslin. Even though it’s kind of cliche, it is for our generation. Their puppy love is like what I see in the hallways everyday.

The real comedic star of the entire movie would have to be Sofía Vegara’s character, Ava, alongside Heigl and Bon Jovi. Matthew Broderick, Ryan Seacrest, Common, and Michael Bloomberg also have cameos in the movie.

My least favorite part was Josh Duhamel’s storyline. I felt it was very boring even with a teaser. And though you didn’t know who he was going to end up with, the story had no real depth or climax.

Garry Marshall just tried to match the success of “Valentine’s Day”. It was basically the same plots, just different characters and stories.

In the end the movie was good. Though I should have waited until it came out on On Demand and paid four dollars to chill out at home instead of paying seven dollars for a ticket in a cold movie theater.