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Blu-ray Review: ‘New Year’s Eve’ Wants to Ruin Your Holidays

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CHICAGO – By now, you’re surely aware of the general hatred for Garry Marshall’s horrendous ensemble romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.” HollywoodChicago.com said ““New Year’s Eve” is so garish and manipulative that it doesn’t really qualify as a film – it’s a product, no more an actual movie than a Hallmark card is a piece of poetry.” The New York Post called it “A soul-sucking monument to Hollywood greed and saccharine holiday culture.” And The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “more of a clown car than it is a movie.” As if that’s not warning enough, even the Blu-ray can’t appeal to the few fans of this dreadful flick (which notched a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes on its way to half the gross of “Valentine’s Day”).

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray Rating: 1.0/5.0
Blu-ray Rating: 1.0/5.0

So why bother writing about it? Because it’s the kind of movie that, especially near Mother’s Day, could inspire a buyer or renter to forget the response that greeted it five months ago. Don’t forget. There are SO many better options for mom this year. Or next year. Or any year. Let “New Year’s Eve” slip away quietly into the dust bin of movie history like most people involved in making it wish that it would.

New Year's Eve was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 1, 2012
New Year’s Eve was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 1, 2012
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Synopsis:
From director Garry Marshall comes an all-star ensemble romantic comedy. New Year’s Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances, and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City.

Special Features:
o Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele Rock New Year’s Eve
o The Magic Of Times Square
o New Year’s Eve Secrets Of The Stars
o Deleted Scenes
o Gag Reel

“New Year’s Eve” stars Hilary Swank, Jon Bon Jovi, Katherine Heigl, Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Cary Elwes, Sofia Vergara, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Carla Gugino, Seth Meyers, and Jessica Biel. It was written by Katherine Fugate and directed by Garry Marshall. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 1, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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