New Year’s Eve 
Rated PG-13 for profanity and sexual references.
Running time: 117 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Directed By:Garry Marshall
Written By:Katherine Fugate
In Theaters: Dec 9, 2011 Wide
Film Review by Kam Williams
Very Good (3 stars)
It is unavoidable that this picture would be compared to the
similarly-structured Valentine’s Day and Love Actually, given how both of
those romantic comedies also revolve around the relationship issues of a
number of couples whose lives serendipitously intersect on a big holiday.
The good news is that this film is far superior to the former, although it
unfortunately falls short of the latter, which landed on this critic’s
Annual Top Ten List for 2003.
Hospital-bound Griffin (Seth Meyers) and his 9-months pregnant wife, Tess
(Biel), are hoping to win the $25,000 prize for having the first baby born
after midnight. Elsewhere in the hospital, a terminal patient on the cancer
ward (De Niro) is trying to talk his empathetic nurse (Berry) into taking
him up to the roof to watch the ball drop. And this thoroughly-modern mosaic
wouldn’t be complete without a tale about a cradle-robbing cougar (Pfeiffer)
being serenaded all over town by an ardent admire young enough to be her
Like a classical conductor, veteran director Marshall masterfully executes a cinematic balancing act here, seamlessly intertwining these discrete storylines ever so effortlessly. All roads lead to Times Square as the tension slowly ratchets, with enough surprising twists and touching reveals along the way to tug on your heartstrings.
A New Year’s toast as sentimental as singing Auld Lang Syne!