New Year’s Eve (2011)

mp’s rating: 3/5

Not the best chick flick, but quite good to see so many pretty and handsome faces in one movie.

It’s your usual ten-stories-in-one movie. If you have watched Love Actually (about Christmas), and Valentine’s Day (about Valentine’s day), consider this one as the last piece of the trilogy: New Year’s Eve (about New Year).

Story one: a couple whose guy runs away and begs for a second chance.
Story two: a Times Square’s operator whose relationship with her dad was in a brink of vanishing.
Story three: a desperate woman in her late 30s who hates everything about herself, decides to take a leap, and actually does her New Year’s resolutions.
Story four: a rich young man, whose charmed by a mysterious woman he met a year ago
Story five: a single mom and her teenage daughter, whose relationship is not a bed of flowers.
Story five: a backstage singer stuck in a lift with an anti-New-Year celebration.
Story six: a couple whose waiting for their baby to arrive.

You could have guessed the storyline by now. And here are my humble opinions:
1. Times Square is not as good as it looks like on TV (I just visited Times Square in December). In real life, it was dirtier, more chaotic, darker, and definitely not that charming. Hmm…
2. Zac Efron was so hot. Remember him in High School Musical? Well, that guy’s gone. So welcome the adult version of him!
3. Hillary Swank’s speech was a top one (attached below).
4. Josh Duhamel is (always) hot.
5. Michelle Pfeiffer is a good actress!

Well, it was quite a good chick flick. Entertaining, but nothing really out of the ordinary. Some of the stories are “forced” to fit in, but yeah, it had quite a good morale.

Quotes

Claire: It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps – our promises made, and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures – or closed ourselves down, for fear of getting hurt. Because that’s what New Year’s is all about: getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about ‘what if’ and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight – and it will drop – let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight but all year long.

Claire: Remember, second chances don’t expire until midnight.

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