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New Year's Eve (film)

New Year's Eve
File:New Year's Eve Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by Mike Karz
Wayne Allan Rice
Garry Marshall
Written by Katherine Fugate
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Charles Minsky
Edited by Michael Tronick
New Line Cinema
Wayne Rice Films
Karz Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)[1]
Running time
118 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $56 million[3]
Box office $142,044,638[4]

New Year's Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall.[5] Like Valentine's Day, it depicts a series of holiday vignettes of the state of several romances and features a large ensemble cast led by Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Héctor Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank and Sofía Vergara.


On New Year's Eve, Vice-President of the Times Square Alliance Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank) is making the final arrangements for the ball drop with the help of her friend Sam (Josh Duhamel). Meanwhile, after being nearly run over by a car and denied a vacation, Ahern Records secretary Ingrid Withers (Michelle Pfeiffer) quits her job and offers the deliveryman Paul Doyle (Zac Efron) tickets for the Ahern Records Masquerade Ball if Paul helps her complete a series of New Year's resolutions before midnight, which he accepts.

Paul's sister Kim Doyle (Sarah Jessica Parker) is having trouble with her teenage daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin) who wants to spend New Year's Eve with her friends and her boyfriend Seth Anderson (Jake T. Austin) in Times Square. Paul's friend, comic book illustrator Randy (Ashton Kutcher), who hates New Year's Eve after his girlfriend left him on a date, gets stuck in an elevator with Elise (Lea Michele), an aspiring singer who will be providing back-up for musician Daniel Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) in his show at Times Square. He also prepares to perform at the Ahern Records ball, where he rekindles his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Katherine Heigl).

At a nearby hospital, Stan Harris (Robert De Niro), a man in the final stages of cancer who refuses chemotherapy and who only wishes to see the ball drop one last time, is kept company by Nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) and Nurse Mindy (Alyssa Milano) after his doctor (Cary Elwes) reveals he will not last much longer. In the same hospital, a young couple named Griffin (Seth Meyers) and Tess Byrne (Jessica Biel) are about to have their first child, and they compete with another couple, James (Til Schweiger) and Grace Schwab (Sarah Paulson), for a bonus offered to the family of the first child born in the new year. Elsewhere, Sam, a businessman from Ahern Records, attempts to go to the Ahern Records Ball, where he is to deliver an important speech, after his car malfunctions outside New York City, all the while wondering if he should attend a meeting with a mysterious woman he met and fell in love with on the previous New Year's Eve.

In the early evening, one of the billboard lights of the Times Square panel malfunctions, jamming the ball and forcing Claire to call Kominsky (Héctor Elizondo), an electrician who the company had fired a few weeks prior. Kominsky repairs the ball before midnight, and, in gratitude, Claire leaves him in charge of the operation, and rushes to see the ball drop with her father, Stan. Meanwhile, Nurse Aimee has a video conference with her husband (Common), a soldier serving in Afghanistan. Stan passes away just after the ball drops and a chorus of Auld Lang Syne, with Claire holding his hand.

Paul helps Ingrid complete all the items on her list, and she gives him the tickets. Meanwhile, Randy and Elise bond, and, as they are about to kiss, the elevator is repaired by the building superintendent (James Belushi) and Elise rushes to Jensen's show. Randy notices she forgot her rubber band and rushes to give it to her. At Times Square, Jensen leaves midway during his show to return to the Ahern Ball to apologize to Laura, who accepts him back and leaves with the approval of Sam. With Jensen gone, Elise is called to replace him and attracts the attention of the crowd. She kisses Randy, and they start a romantic relationship.

Griffin and Tess have their baby and, although it is born first, they allow James and Grace to have the bonus after discovering they already have two other children to provide for. Meanwhile, after being forbidden from attending the celebration, Hailey runs away to Times Square, where she sees Seth being kissed by another girl. Heartbroken, she meets and is comforted by her mother. Seth finds them and apologizes, claiming the girl stole a kiss from him. Hailey forgives and kisses him. Her mother allows her to go to an after-party. Kim then goes to a restaurant to meet Sam, who had succeeded in delivering his speech. She is the mysterious woman he met one year prior, and they finally discover each other's names.


Resolution Tour
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Ingrid
  • Zac Efron as Paul
  • Charlotte Marshall-Fricker as Caring Teenage Girl
  • Fiona Choi as Balinese Woman
  • Mary Marguerite Keane as Pet Adoption Clerk
  • Michael Mandell as Murray
  • Patrick Reale as Times Square Cop
  • John Lithgow as Jonathan Cox
Hospital Story
Maternity Ward
Jensen and Laura's Story
Mother & Daughter
  • Sarah Jessica Parker as Kim
  • Abigail Breslin as Hailey
  • Jake T. Austin as Seth
  • Mara Davi as Mika
  • Jacklyn Miller as Choreographer
  • Cassidy Rieff as Piper
  • Nat Wolff as Walter
  • Kendra Jain as Kelly
  • Julia Randall as Julia
  • Christian Fortune as Cody
  • Tatyana Disla as Tatyana
  • Cheally Phoung as Cheally
  • Marvin Braverman as Vendor Marvin
  • Alexandra Rose Guthy as Screaming Rocker Girl
  • Denise Violante as Female Cop Denise
  • Katherine McNamara as Lily Bowman
  • Norman Bukofzer as Newark Commuter
  • Beth Kennedy as Piper's Mom
Ahern Party
Times Square
  • Hilary Swank as Claire Morgan
  • Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as Brendan
  • Kathleen Marshall as Stage Manager Charlotte
  • Joey Sorge as Radio Reporter Arthur
  • Rob Nagle as Office Nolan
  • Matt Walker as Engineer Douglas
  • Wedil David as Reporter Christina
  • David Valcin as Reporter Murphy
  • Stephanie Fabian as Reporter Lupe
  • Patrick Collins as Reporter Fadda
  • Pat Battle as Reporter Pat Battle
  • Tom Hines as Announcer Brady Finley
  • Greg Wilson as Wade the Aide
  • Héctor Elizondo as Kominsky
  • Anna Aimee White as Ginger Adams
  • Sam Marshall as Crowd Surfing Kid
  • Susan Silver as Bunny Friedberg
  • Emily Moss Wilson as Crazy Jensen Fan
  • Bob Weston as Jensen Concert Police
  • Matthew Broderick as Mr. Buellerton
  • Lucy Woodward and Stephanie Alexander as Backup Singers
  • Nicole Michele Sobchack as Kissing Reveler #1
  • Anna Kulin as Kissing Reveler #2
  • Ryle J. Neale as Kissing Female Cop
  • Lily Marshall-Fricker as Reveler Lucy Camille
  • Lori Marshall as Reveler Mrs. Camille
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg as himself
  • Ryan Seacrest as himself


The film has a score of 22 on Metacritic, a "generally unfavorable" score based on 30 reviews.[6] The film has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 131 reviews.[7]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, "New Year's Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?"[8] Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, "Mostly, New Year's Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld Lang Syne."[9] Claudia Winkleman on the BBC One show Film 2011 said "I have found the worst film of all time, and it is called New Year's Eve."[10] Rolling Stone shared the same opinion and gave a zero stars rating, stating "Director Garry Marshall follows last year's Valentine's Day romcom crapfest with an even more puke-up-able sample of the species" and concluding New Year's Eve is "bad beyond belief".[11] British newspaper The Telegraph named New Year's Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011.[12] British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011.[13] On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly‍ '​s Owen Gleiberman said, "New Year's Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but it's the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening."[14]

The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Garry Marshall), Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble,[15] losing all to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.

Box office

The film opened at the No. 1 spot at the box office with $13.0 million.[16][17] It made $54,544,638 in the United States and Canada, as well as $87,500,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142,044,638.[4]


  1. Bettinger, Brendan. "Warner Bros. Release Dates 2011: New Year's Eve, Contagion 3D, Final Destination 5, Red Riding Hood, More". Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  3. "Company Town". Los Angeles Times. December 8, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  5. "Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve Attracts Big Names". November 9, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2011. Glee's Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin have already signed on to the film 
  8. "New Year's Eve". Chicago Sun-Times. December 7, 2011. 
  10. "Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman episode 18". BBC. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  11. Travers, Peter (December 8, 2011). "Movie Reviews – New Year's Eve". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  12. "Ten worst films of 2011". The Daily Telegraph (London). December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  13. Video on YouTube
  14. "Movie Review: New Year's Eve". Entertainment Weekly. December 15, 2011. 
  16. Box office report: 'New Year's Eve' drops the ball with $13.7 million; 'The Sitter' can't fill seats
  17. Weekend Report: No Party for 'New Year's Eve'

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