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New Year's Eve


Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Garry Marshall 
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher  
An image from New Year's Eve

Garry Marshall, 76-year-old Hollywood film director, is a renowned wizard of light inspiring comedies about love, coincidences and wishes coming true. Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, Valentine’s day - these are only a few of his famous creations on the way to a new brilliant work, New Year’s Eve. The lovely romantic pattern of Valentine’s day finds its follow-up in another holiday, when the lives of New York singles and couples mix and mingle within the magic of New Year’s count-down. You would probably find something in common with each of the characters: happy and angry, excited and indifferent, healthy and ill, young and old, pregnant and… not, searching for a miracle and trying to hide from it. And of course at some point we are going to witness a happy end – perhaps with a tiny tinge of sadness, but that’s what life is after all.

It seems that the film producers have pulled half of the Hollywood to the shooting stage, squeezing into the plot a great number of celebrities: from the most expected (Hector Elizondo, a frequent guest in Marshall’s comedies) to the most surprising ones (Jon Bon Jovi, an actor again, or Til Schweiger, with his own empire of romcoms). Every face is exceptionally familiar, but you believe each of them anyway. Indeed, these people could have actually got stuck in New York City; indeed, you can’t help watching and enjoying their lives - till the very end, when you walk away from the big screen with a warm feeling in your heart, looking forward to a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Alina Vishniakova

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)
2011/2012 Spring Term (35mm)