Remember when Garry Marshall used to direct simple romantic comedies like Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, or even The Prince Diaries? The actor/producer/director apparently decided a few years ago that having a handful of A-listers in your movie wasn't enough - resulting in last year's overflowing-with-stars flick Valentine's Day and this winter's overflowing-with-stars flick, New Year's Eve.
A second trailer for New Year's Eve has been released - and, seeing how the film is virtually a carbon copy of Valentine's Day (albeit, it revolves around a different holiday and cast), you probably already know if this is your cup of tea.
The official synopsis for New Year's Eve pegs it as being a celebration of "love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts," as told through a series of stories about New Yorkers whose lives intertwine over the course of the title date. However, even moviegoers who are looking forward to this film seem to know better - and recognize that, to some degree, this movie is primarily concerned with fitting in as many celebrity appearances as possible, within the limits of a two-hour running time.
Bearing that in mind - check out the second New Year's Eve trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:
Rom-com clichés have been mocked so often that it's (ironically) become somewhat cliché to do so. Hence why most criticisms of Valentine's Day generally have less to do with how the film recycles stock characters, contrived plot points, and overused jokes from previous romantic titles - and more with how the overabundance of characters and storylines makes it almost impossible to actually become emotionally-invested in any one of them. New Year's Eve will almost undoubtedly attract identical complaints, seeing how it merely takes the Valentine's Day narrative formula and mixes up the extraneous ingredients (re: cast members and setting). This latest trailer for New Year's Eve - which amounts to a series of character vignettes accompanied by some "catchy" pop tunes - is a perfect representation of the final product, for the reasons mentioned above.
The New Year's Eve cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Ludacris, Jon Bon Jovi, Ice Cube, Sienna Miller, Michell Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Alyssa Milano, John Stamos, John Lithgow, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Seacrest, and Carla Gugino - among others.
Suffice it to say - those who tend to dislike celebrity-centric rom-coms on principle... New Year's Eve is pretty much your nightmare. If you happen to like a gooey-feel good flick packed with famous faces, well, it doesn't get any more packed than this. Enjoy.
New Year's Eve will (oddly enough) be released in U.S. theaters on December 9th, 2011.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers
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