‘New Year’s Eve’ Drops on December 9th This Year

Friday, 07 January 2011 10:02 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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‘New Year’s Eve’ Drops on December 9th This Year

When you were a kid, did you ever eat so much candy in one sitting that you swore, with the sort of ferocity and conviction only a pre-diabetic eight year-old can muster, that you’d never eat candy again?  Or as an adult, have you ever woken up with a hangover that could kill a sasquatch and swore that you’d never drink to excess again? 

After seeing Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day last year, I felt like everyone in the theater was swearing to him or her self that they’d never see it again.  It was just too much: too much cute, too much happy, too many good-looking but vacuous characters, too much soft lighting. 

Much like a child cannot resist Pixie Sticks, or an adult cannot help but down three 40-oz. Mickey’s after work every day, Garry Marshall and New Line cannot resist making another sprawling ensemble romantic comedy set on a marketable holiday.  His spiritual sequel New Year’s Eve already boasts Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro (this will make a great double bill with Raging Bull), Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, and Hilary Swank. 

Evidently, Kutcher and Biel will be playing entirely different characters than the ones they played in Valentine’s Day.  Also returning from Valentine’s Day are screenwriter Katherine Fugate and producers Mike Karz and Wayne Rice.  There’s a big change in store, apart from the change of which holiday will be squeezed violently to extract its last drops of fell-good sentiment: while the first film was set in Los Angeles, New Year’s Eve takes place in New York. 

New Line has announced a release date of Dec. 9th, 2011.

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