New Year’s Eve
“New Year’s Eve” is one of those
ensemble kind of movies, where they tell the story of many different
characters in the same time period, some of whom will overlap in the end.
That type of format is irritating to the people who would rather see
fewer characters more developed, but it’s great for those with a little
Attention Deficit who get bored easily and want to not spend too much time on
any one scenario. And, as with most
films of this format, it’s very uneven. Some
characters you wish you knew better, and others don’t seem to add to the
story at all.
The story is that all these people are
looking forward to being in or around Times Square at precisely midnight at
New Year’s Eve, or, if you will, the first moment of 2012. There are the
young couples expecting babies to be delivered at any moment, and both want
the “prize” for the first birth of the New Year (this is where Jessica
Biel drops her well-placed f-bomb, but during hard labor we’ll forgive
anything). Robert DeNiro plays a dying
man who’s somehow managed to alienate everyone in his life and so is lying
in his hospital bed alone, but who wouldn’t want
as a caring, attentive nurse?
Hilary Swank plays the one in charge of
the festivities, who somehow fears for her job being on the line, and
Katherine Heigl the chief chef of the big party, whose boyfriend is a pop star
named Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi), who’s really sorry he left her to go on tour.
Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele get stuck
in an elevator together, and surprise, develop a sudden attachment (and it’s
always a treat hearing the “Glee” star sing).
Michelle Pfeiffer plays a middle-aged mousey secretary who finally
decides to do something interesting, helped by an energetic Zac Efron, playing
a delivery boy. Sarah Jessica Parker
plays the single Mom of a sweet teenager trying to rebel (Abigail Breslin).
Well, there’s more, but you get the
idea. Lots of little stories, none of
them with much depth, but we want to root for these characters because
they’re all trying hard, and they’re basically sweet and good-natured, and
so is this movie. This one is about as
inoffensive as they get, and has a good heart.
But don’t expect any Academy Awards. Just a sweet little popcorn date
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim Pastor,
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,