Question: Which new movie features a marquee cast including, but not limited to, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Alyssa Milano and still looks terrible?
Answer: New Year’s Eve, the forthcoming (December 9) ensemble rom-com centered, 200 Cigarettes-like, on the shenanigans of crazy people in love on the last day of the year.
New Year’s Eve was directed by Garry Marshall, which means things could go either way; he’s done good stuff (Pretty Woman, Beaches) and really, really, really bad stuff (Exit to Eden, Overboard).
The trailer, which is almost aggressively buoyant (does anyone really want to see Hilary Swank in a smiley-happy lather?) also seems to solidify the truism that Hollywood is no place for women over 40. How else to explain Michelle Pfeiffer, foxy still and an amazing actress, being willfully upstaged by a former member of High School Musical?
Kind of breaks your heart. On the plus side, New Year’s Eve will provide a cinematic respite from all the heavy stuff (Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, Shame with Michael Fassbender, Japanese underworld movie Outrage, controversial Aussie flick Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy) destined for theatres next month.
Check out the trailer and have your say. Will you go see New Year’s Eve… or save the admission price for a better bottle of bubbly?