It’s another holiday which makes for another film, yes some of them are lame and don’t work. However in “New Year’s Eve” some of it does work which makes it an average film to check out and enjoy. Much like ‘Valentine’s Day’ the lives of several singles and couples intertwine in New York City over the course of the countdown to 2012.
No New Year’s Eve is complete without Time’s Square ball drop. Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank) is in charge of the ball drop, but it is apparent she has another engagement on her mind. Those plans will need to be set aside after a malfunction may cause the ball to not drop.
Jensen (Bon Jov) is the evening’s entertainment, but his performance is for more then his fans as he is looking for forgiveness from former flame Laura (Katherine Heigl). Laura is the head chef for the big New Year’s event and can’t deal with drama and pushes Jensen away.
Across town a battle is beginning over the New Year baby. Apparently the first baby of the New Year is entitled to a cash prize. When two couples discover this they start a race to get the first newborn of 2012.
In another area of the hospital is Stan Harris (Robert De Niro) a dying man who’s last wish is to watch the ball drop from the roof of the hospital. Nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) is caring for Stan, but finds a few minutes to slip away and talk to her husband, a soldier via video chat.
Then there is the teen crowd who is trying to gather for the night’s festivities. Hailey (Abigail Breslin) is doing what it takes to get her mom Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) to let her go, but it is not going over well. Of course you have the unexpected singles who have chemistry after being trapped in an elevator and then the lost loves who are desperate to find each other.
My personal favorite is Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is looking to complete a list of New Year’s resolutions. Ingird’s first task is to quit her job which she does, then turning to errand runner Paul (Zac Efron) to help her finish her list. These two together were charming and hilarious.
To say “New Year’s Eve” is cheesy is an understatement. Yes it is what you will expect. Love struck people running around and trying to have a good time. But that is also what makes the film fun. It is an all star cast so most fans will find an actor they enjoy watching. If you want to get out and have a fun time and prepare for 2012 brave the cold to check out ‘New Years Eve”!