8:00 PM, 8th March, 2012
In the tradition of multi-character holiday movies Love Actually and Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve tells the stories of several interconnected people as they bring in 2012 in New York City. What begins as a game of 'spot the actor'; with Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Ludacris, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi amongst others; turns into a fun and frothy exploration of one of the most famous annual new year's celebrations in the world. At the centre of the film is the Times Square ball drop, around which the characters' relationships with themselves, their friends and families are seen.
New Year's Eve is a fun film, with laugh-out-loud scenes mixed in with more heart-warming and romantic moments. From director Garry Marshall of The Princess Diaries and Pretty Woman fame, it's a lighthearted snapshot of what one of the more celebrated nights of the year can bring for all sorts of different people. While it might not be the most philosophical or thought provoking of films, the characters are likeable and most of the situations believable. New Year's Eve offers a couple of hours of solid escapism and is a solid love affair with one of the most famous cities in the world.