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New Year's Eve celebrity fun filled viewing
on 6 March 2017
I accidently rented this film twice, the second time I added it to my rental list unaware I had already seen it and normally I would have been a little disappointed that I wasn't seeing a new movie, but even when I realised what had happened I found myself enjoying it so much I didn't care.
At it's heart this is a lovely feel good ensemble peice following the differing experiences of multiple New Yorkers as they approach the Ball Drop on New Years Eve. The intertwining plotlines are easily followed as we begin with Hilary Swank's city worker as she organises the evenings official entertainment as well as trying to fulfill personal obligations, Robert De Niro is a terminally ill patient with Halle Berry as his nurse, Lea Michelle and Ashton Kushner are neighbours stuck in lift, Sarah Jessica Parker is a mother trying to control her bored teenage daughter, Joshua Duhamel is man trying to get into the city for a date with destiny, Michelle Pfieffer is a undervalued PA leaving her job and going on a mad trip around town with Zack Efron, Katherine Heigl is a chef and Jon Bon Jovi plays her ex who just happens to playing at the event she is working, etc
For me the stand out here was watching Michelle Pfeiffer and Zack Efron, it was a really fun thread and their mad journey around town I think for most people would be a great way to spend New Years Eve. None of individual strands are very long so if one doesn't interest you it wouldn't matter because you'll soon be onto the next.
A film that features so many high profile actors would usually make me wary of the quality of content, but happily I can say all the multi layered storylines complimented each other perfectly. This is not a deep micro examination of social discourse New York style, but a light well meant celebrity extravaganza of fleeting meetings on the years last day.
This is a nice way to spend an hour or so and if I saw it in tv listings I would sit down and watch it again.