"New Year's Eve" (2011)

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Garry Marshall
Written By: Katherine Fugate
Released: December 8th, 2011
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.

Intertwining stories promise love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and more for a number of New Yorkers on the celebrated night. A rock star (Jon Bon Jovi) and his ex-lover (Katherine Heigl) clash at an exclusive party; a singer (Lea Michele) becomes stranded with a killjoy (Ashton Kutcher) on the way to a New Year's gig; a nurse (Halle Berry) stays with a dying patient (Robert De Niro) as he tries to hang on long enough to see the ball drop in Times Square one last time.

It’s New Year’s Eve today so I thought I’d give this a go just because of the name. Give it a go, they said. It will be fun, they said. And I went along with this. I mean, we’ve got Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Paulson, Halle Berry – among many, many more well-known names. We’re in such good hands, what could possibly go wrong?

A lot, apparently.

How can a movie with such a seemingly phenomenal cast be so…urrgh? I’m sorry for how ineloquent that statement must have sounded but good grief there are no words except ‘urrrggh’.

The jokes are not funny, they are tragic. The tragedy is not upsetting, it is laughable. The majority of it is very bland as a whole. The situations the characters (and there are many mini-storylines as you all know with these movies) are not engaging and frankly, boring. Forgettable. It’s such a shame because there is nothing wrong with the cast. The problem was what they were working with.

I have nothing more to say. I was not into this at all. Final 2017 advice = Avoid.