Monday, December 31, 2012

PCP on DVD - New Year's Eve

In honor of tonight's holiday, I decided to post my review of this movie.  From the people that brought you the overly crowded movie Valentine's Day comes the next holiday themed movie, New Year's Eve.  Starring an incredibly large cast of actors, this film tries to make you all warm and fuzzy about the holiday and it's potential for romance.  Unfortunately, it is 99% predictable and pretty much falls flat.

New Year's Eve - 2011, rated PG-13.  My rating:  5 out of 10.

When I say that NYE has a huge cast of characters, I'm not exaggerating.  Just take a look at the poster to the side, there's a full 18 actors with their names and faces on the poster.  That's a bit of overkill, and it actually bogs down the film.  And on top of the 18 billed stars, we get a whole ton of supporting actors that have familiar faces that make you say "Hey it's that guy!"  We get at most 15 minutes with any one or two characters, and some of the stars of the film are in just one scene.  Apparently everyone in Hollywood owes Garry Marshall a favor or something because the gang's all here.

By telling the series of intertwined stories for so many different people, none of the characters are able to develop much beyond a shallow stereotype.  All of the stories are completely predictable, and only a few are actually believable.  Most are purely designed to tug at the heartstrings but not leave any sort of lasting impression on the viewer.  It's kind of sensory overload.  All I know is that watching this movie annually on New Year's Eve will definitely NOT become a tradition in my household.

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