Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year's Eve - A Hollywood Movie

A still from the movie shows Paul (Zac Efron) dances with Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer). Taken from here.

My CCF friends held a gathering last Saturday and we decided to watch New Year's Eve, a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall. The star-studded movie depicts a series of holiday vignettes of several people living in New York City. 

Tangent: a friend said that it resembled the director's previous work Valentine Day. But since I haven't watched Valentine Day, I find it similar to Paris Je T'aime. Back to the movie.

On New Year's Eve, Vice President of Times Square Alliance Claire Morgan (Hillary Swank) is making the final arrangement for the ball drop with colleague Brendan (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges). There's Ahern Records secretary Ingrid Withers (Michelle Pfeiffer) who quits her job and offers tickets of a masquerade ball to delivery guy Paul (Zac Efron) if he can help fulfilling her resolution before midnight.

Paul's sister Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) has troubles with her teenage daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin), who wants to spend New Year's Eve at Times Square with boyfriend Seth (Jake T. Austin). Paul's friend comic book illustrator Randy (Ashton Kutcher), who hates New Year's Eve because his college girlfriend dumped him,  gets stuck in an elevator with Elise (Lea Michele), a background singer for Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi), who plans to rekindle his relationship with former girlfriend Laura (Katherine Heigl).

At a hospital, Stan Harris (Robert de Niro) who refuses chemo and treatment only wishes to see the ball drop for the last time after his doctor (Cary Elwes) says he does not have much time. Stan is accompanied by Nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) and Nurse Mindy (Alyssa Milano). Also in the same hospital Griffin (Seth Meyers) and Tess (Jessica Biel), who are about to have their first child, compete with James (Til Schweiger) and Grace (Sarah Paulson) for a bonus offered by the hospital for a baby that is born nearing the New Year.

Meanwhile Sam (Josh Duhamel) a businessman from Ahern Records tries to reach the Ahern Records Ball where he should deliver a speech after his car breaks down. During the ride to New York, he recounts a meeting with a woman in the previous year and wonders if he should meet her again.

Will Stan survive to see the ball drop? Can Ingrid complete her resolution on time? Is there a second chance for Jensen and Laura? Whose baby wins the bonus? Everything ends happily, but of course everybody can tell for it's a Hollywood movie.

Have you watched the movie? Which story is your favorite? I like the Resolution Tour story with Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer as it reminds us that resolutions are made to be fulfilled, even if we must use our imagination. Have a great day, people!

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