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New Year's Eve

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New Year's Eve
Directed by Garry Marshall
Warner Bros.
Opens December 9

Feature: You Know You Are Watching a Garry Marshall Movie When…

Mayans might have predicted the end of the world in 2012, but could they have known that the countdown to eternal hellfire would begin with Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve? A movie so excruciating that it makes its predecessor, Valentine's Day, seem like Nashville in comparison, NYE reteams Marshall with VD writer Katherine Fugate, who reprises the same crisscrossing, multigenerational-celebrity-glutted (to list only half of the cast would take up the entire space allotted for this review) multiple plot threads of the earlier film. New York City serves, like Los Angeles did in VD, as the metropolis flattened by dull location shots and ethnic caricatures: Sofía Vergara, playing a sous-chef, says ¡Ay! to boss Katherine Heigl more times in one sentence than in an entire season of Modern Family. Still, that interjection is much more pleasing to the ear than "Love gives us hope. Hope for the New Year." In such a shameless olio of mawkishness, it's difficult to distinguish which of the story lines most outrageously bids for our tears, though I nominate the one involving Robert De Niro as a former "photojournalist in Vietnam" dying of cancer. More troubling is that both VD and NYE have featured perfunctory nods to soldiers overseas, which can mean only one thing: Veterans Day, set in Washington, D.C., is next.

 
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15 comments
Jack
Jack

Who listens to these reviewers! No one

Clayton Shank
Clayton Shank

Nashville is widely praised film by Robert Altman.

Clayton Shank
Clayton Shank

The reviewer didn't nearly go far enough in the humor department. We deserve more.

Daniel Rivera
Daniel Rivera

I guess the paycheck treatment is far more important than making a decent movie...

monty16
monty16

What was the dig on Nashville? This may not be a good movie but your review is written like your a comedian which you aren't! Which makes it hard to except your opinion on anything. Heck you probably love Twilight!

Ajay Gopalan
Ajay Gopalan

another shitty movie from hollywood about the magic of love

patou
patou

Another Puke-provoking, crapfest retread from GM...with the same untalented (save for one or two slumming "stars") nest of "hacktors". Any time Lea Michelle's name is in the credits, I run for the hills!

Mbliddick
Mbliddick

All the clips I've seen are absolutely horrific. The storylines are just stupid, the acting is atrocious, especially Efron and Lea Michelle. Why do they keep making crap like this????

Concerned
Concerned

You're = you are.Accept, not except.

Eg. If you're going to go on a rant in a public forum then I guess people will have to accept that you are clearly illiterate.

sherry88
sherry88

What is your problem? Everyone else comments on the movie and you decide to attack someone for an opinion. I don't have any idea what the basis of literacy is ascertained on but I do know an attack when I read one and you clearly attacked! You might be smart but you are a very small person inside! Maybe you could stay off all forums until you learn to play with others!

monty16
monty16

Wow you proved bigoptry and bias are alive an well. Ask any educated person and the first thing they will say is bigotry is a sure sign of illeteracy! For that I think you for proving what you are! It's a shame anyone has to listen to you and the garbage you spew! By the way I would be happy to compare our IQ's. I know for a fact you would fall in the below average range anyone who goes out of their way to impress others by invalidating or debasing someone else is truly ignorant!

monty16
monty16

Thank you for your help!

Clayton Shank
Clayton Shank

Nashville is a widely praised film from Robert Altman.

monty16
monty16

I'm sorry that you feel I attacked the writer! You should know that English is not my native language and only starting learning it 8 months ago. I still confuse words that sound alike to me. Except and accept. I also say things trying to understand but comes across wrong. I doubt the movie is great but I find it hard to believe there is nothing good about it. I also did not understand the comment "A movie so excruciating that it makes its predecessor, Valentine's Day, seem like Nashville in comparison" Unless there is some reference I do not know about this seems like an attack on southerners. Did someone from the south offend her or does she dislike them because they are different. This also seemed like prejudice. I believe I made a mistake using the word bigotry. I have trouble learning you have words for everything. In latin languages we have words that mean lots of things, so we don't have that many to learn.When I first read that someone was hot I kept trying to find out if he was near a fire or in the sun. Lastly, I have noticed that the word illiterate is thrown around on the internet. I have read forums where it is obvious that a writer is very young and then someone will write that they are illiterate for spelling a word wrong. I don't think you can say a child is illiterate. My point who knows if the person is foreign or young and to say they are illiterate can be cruel.In my country I hold three doctorates but because of my speech here in America I am illiterate. My skin is not so thick and I bet the young girls don't have thick skin either. The comment about Twilight might have been uncalled for but I am amazed how many intelligent women will write glowing critiques about the franchise.

Concerned
Concerned

I was actually standing up for the reviewer who you attacked for no real reason, when you made the baseless argument that they must love Twilight if they dislike this movie.

There is no bigotry or bias here. I just think if you want to strongly attack a journalist then you should try to do so in a well thought out manner.

As your IQ is higher than mine you must understand the irony of your argument about trying to impress others by invalidating or debasing someone else's opinion, because that's the only reason I bothered to make a comment on what you originally posted.

Perhaps I was rash to attack your opinion, but only in the same way that you were rash to attack the reviewer.

The bottom line is this movie is probably garbage, yet most of us will pay to see it. Maybe a discussion about why we all do that would be more interesting for all? (please consider that an olive branch)

 

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