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New Year s Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall. The film consists of an ensemble cast consisting of Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Héctor Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Paulson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Jake T. Austin, Hilary Swank, and Sofía Vergara.

New Year s Eve is the second in an unofficial trilogy of romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, set on a one-day holiday and featuring an ensemble cast in a variety of stories, the other films being Valentine s Day (2010) and Mother s Day (2016). Some of the cast of New Year s Eve had previously appeared in Valentine s Day, including Biel, Kutcher, and Elizondo. New Year s Eve was released on December 9, 2011, and grossed $142 million.


New Year s Eve follows several interconnected stories of people experiencing various problems on New Year s Eve.

Vice-President of the Times Square Alliance Claire Morgan is making the final arrangements for the ball drop with the help of her friend, police officer Brendan. Meanwhile, after being nearly run over by a car and denied a vacation, Ahern Records secretary Ingrid Withers quits her job and offers deliveryman Paul Doyle tickets for the Ahern Records Masquerade Ball if he helps her complete her New Year s resolutions before midnight, and he accepts.

Paul s older sister Kim Doyle is having trouble with her teenage daughter Hailey, who wants to spend New Year s Eve with her friends and her boyfriend Seth Anderson in Times Square, though Kim wants to spend the New Year with her after her divorce. Paul s best friend, comic book illustrator Randy, hates New Year s Eve as his girlfriend left him on a date, gets stuck in an elevator with Elise, an aspiring singer providing back-up for musician Daniel Jensen at his Times Square show. Jensen is also preparing to perform at the Ahern Records ball while attempting to rekindle his relationship with his ex-fiancée, Laura.

At a nearby hospital, Claire s father Stan Harris, in the final stages of cancer who refuses chemotherapy and wishes only to see the ball drop one last time, is kept company by Nurses Aimee and Mindy after his doctor reveals he will not last much longer. In the same hospital, a young couple (Griffin and Tess Byrne) are about to have their first child, and compete with another couple, James and Grace Schwab, for a bonus offered to the family of the first child born in the New Year.

Elsewhere, Sam Ahern, Jr., a businessman and son of the late founder Sam Ahern, Sr. of Ahern Records, attempts to go to the Ahern Records Ball to deliver an important speech. After his car malfunctions in nearby Connecticut, all the while wondering if he should reunite with a mysterious woman he met and fell in love with on the previous New Year s Eve. Failing to find a mechanic or tow truck, Sam is able to get a ride from a cheerful family in an RV.

Later that evening, one of the LED panels on the Times Square Ball malfunctions, jamming the ball and forcing Claire to call “Kominsky”, a disgruntled electrician whom the company had fired a few weeks prior. He repairs the ball before midnight, and, in gratitude, she leaves him in charge of the operation as she rushes to see the ball drop with her father, Stan. Meanwhile, Nurse Aimee has a video conference with her husband Chino, a soldier deployed in Afghanistan. Stan passes away just minutes after Claire snuck him up to the roof of the hospital to watch the ball drop, amid a chorus of Auld Lang Syne , with Claire weeping beside him, holding his hand.

Paul helps Ingrid complete all the items on her list, and she gives him the tickets. They later say goodbye, but Paul decides to take her to the Ahern Records ball as his date. Meanwhile, Randy and Elise bond in the elevator as they share their lives and problems. Just as they are about to kiss, the elevator is repaired by the building superintendent and Elise rushes to Jensen s show. Randy notices she forgot her rubber bracelet and rushes to give it to her, still in pajamas. At Times Square, Jensen leaves midway through his show to return to the Ahern Ball to apologize to Laura, who takes him back and leaving with Sam s approval. With Jensen gone, Elise replaces him and attracts the attention of the crowd. She kisses Randy, and they start a romantic relationship.

Griffin and Tess have their baby and, although it is born first, they lie to allow James and Grace to have the $25,000 bonus after discovering they already have two other children to provide for. Meanwhile, after being forbidden from attending the celebration, Hailey runs away to Times Square, where she sees Seth being kissed by another girl, Lily, unaware that it was a kiss against his will. Heartbroken, she meets and is comforted by her mother. Kim finally realizes that she was too selfish for not allowing Hailey to spend the New Year with them. Seth finds them and apologizes, revealing Lily had stolen the kiss. Hailey forgives him and kisses him back. Her mother allows her to go to an after-party.

Kim then rushes to a restaurant to reunite with Sam, who had succeeded in delivering his speech. She is revealed to be the mysterious woman whom he met one year prior, and they finally share their names with each other. The film ends with Paul and Ingrid having fun at the Ahern Records ball party. As the credits roll, a series of bloopers and blunders are shared with the audience.


  • Jake T. Austin as Seth Anderson
  • James Belushi as Building Super
  • Halle Berry as Nurse Aimee
  • Jessica Biel as Tess Byrne
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg as himself
  • Jon Bon Jovi as Daniel Jensen
  • Abigail Breslin as Hailey Doyle
  • Ludacris as Lieutenant Brendan Nolan
  • Matthew Broderick as Mr. Buellerton
  • Robert De Niro as Stan Harris
  • Josh Duhamel as Sam Ahern, Jr.
  • Zac Efron as Paul Doyle
  • Héctor Elizondo as Lester Kominsky
  • Cary Elwes as Stan s Doctor
  • Carla Gugino as Dr. Morriset
  • Katherine Heigl as Laura
  • Cherry Jones as Mrs. Rose Ahern
  • Ashton Kutcher as Randy
  • John Lithgow as Jonathan Cox
  • Katherine McNamara as Lily Bowman
  • Seth Meyers as Griffin Byrne
  • Lea Michele as Elise
  • Alyssa Milano as Nurse Mindy
  • Sarah Jessica Parker as Kim Doyle
  • Russell Peters as Sunil
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Ingrid Withers
  • Sarah Paulson as Grace Schwab
  • Ryan Seacrest as himself
  • Til Schweiger as James Schwab
  • Hilary Swank as Claire Morgan
  • Sofía Vergara as Ava
  • Nat Wolff as Walter
  • Common as Chino


Critical reception

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 142 reviews and an average rating of 3.20/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Shallow, sappy, and dull, New Year s Eve assembles a star-studded cast for no discernible purpose. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 22 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B+ on an A+ to F scale.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, New Year s Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do? Kimberley Jones of the Austin Chronicle said, Mostly, New Year s Eve is appalling stuff, a poorly constructed, sentimental sham. Auld Lang Syne. Claudia Winkleman on the BBC One show Film… said, I have found the worst film of all time, and it is called New Year s Eve. Rolling Stone shared the same opinion and rated it zero stars, stating, Director Garry Marshall follows last year s Valentine s Day romcom crapfest with an even more puke-up-able sample of the species, and concluding, New Year s Eve is bad beyond belief. British newspaper The Telegraph named New Year s Eve one of the ten worst films of 2011. British film critic Mark Kermode named it as the worst film of 2011. On the more positive side, Entertainment Weekly s Owen Gleiberman said, New Year s Eve is dunderheaded kitsch, but it s the kind of marzipan movie that can sweetly soak up a holiday evening.

Box office

The film opened at the No. 1 spot at the box office with $13 million. It made $54.5 million in the United States and Canada, as well as $87.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $142 million.


The film earned five Razzie Award nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Garry Marshall), Worst Actress (Sarah Jessica Parker), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble, losing all to Adam Sandler s Jack and Jill.

Award Category Recipients Result
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New Agent All actresses in New Year s Eve Won
BET Awards Best Actor Common Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Nominated
Worst Director Garry Marshall Nominated
Worst Actress Sarah Jessica Parker Nominated
Worst Screenplay Katherine Fugate Nominated
Worst Screen Ensemble The entire cast of New Year s Eve Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Golden Fleece “One Night Domestic Trailer” Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female Lea Michele Nominated


New Year s Eve, and its predecessor Valentine s Day, were parodied in December 2011 on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in a trailer for the fictional film The Apocalypse, set on the last day on Earth. They were similarly parodied on the TV show 30 Rock, in the January 2012 episode The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell , in a trailer for a film called Martin Luther King Day, whose large cast includes Jenna Maroney.

Year 2011
ReleaseDate 2011-12-09
RuntimeMins 118
RuntimeStr 1h 58min
Plot The lives of several couples and singles in New York City intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve.
Awards Awards, 2 wins & 8 nominations
Directors Garry Marshall
Writers Katherine Fugate
Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher
Produced by Samuel J. Brown,Michael Disco,Toby Emmerich,Heather Hall,Mike Karz,Garry Marshall,Diana Pokorny,Wayne Allan Rice,Josie Rosen
Music by John Debney
Cinematography by Charles Minsky
Film Editing by Michael Tronick
Casting By Cathy Sandrich Gelfond,Amanda Mackey
Production Design by Mark Friedberg
Art Direction by Kim Jennings
Set Decoration by Leslie E. Rollins
Costume Design by Gary Jones
Makeup Department Joseph Neeko Abriol,Vivian Baker,Michal Bigger,Angel De Angelis,Jerry DeCarlo,Christine Fennell,Jay Ferrara,Sean Flanigan,Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud,Carol Hemming,Paula Kelly,Nicki Ledermann,Tracey Levy,Amanda Miller,Mia Neal,Rod Ortega,Nina Paskowitz,Tania Ribalow,Sian Richards,Susan Schectar,Mary Anne Spano,Ronnie Specter,Oney Syers II,Robert Vetica,Colleen Wheeler,Carla White,Natalie Young
Production Management Michelle Morrissey,Diana Pokorny,Jay Vinitsky
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Alyssa Boffoli,David Catalano,Catherine Feeny,Erica Fishman,Dylan Hopkins,Claudio Jacobellis,Conor Kelly,Maura Kelly,Robert Lopez,Casey Madigan,Maggie Murphy,Travis Rehwaldt,Justin Ritson,Jennifer Roberts,David H. Venghaus Jr.,Derek Wimble
Art Department Nikki Black,Diana Burton,Philip Canfield,Katie Clinebelle,Brian Cote,Isobel Dryburgh,Cindy Fain-Vreeland,Lydia Fine,Scott Gertsen,Thomas Hocking,Arlo Hoffman,Warren Jorgensen,Hila Katz,Ana Lombardo,Jeffrey D. McDonald,Michael Nallan,Jose Pavon,Louis J. Porzio,Will Scheck,Lisa Scoppa,Sha-Sha Shiau,David Stein,Gillian Stoneburner,Maki Takenouchi,Emmy Thelander,Joan Winters
Sound Department Richard L. Anderson,Mike Chock,Jenna Dalla Riva,Mark DeSimone,Ezra Dweck,Julie Feiner,Sandra Fox,Laura Graham,Frank Graziadei,Kimberly Harris,Jack Heeren,Goro Koyama,Andy Malcolm,Mark A. Mangini,Piero Mura,Brady Nelson,Tom Nelson,Larry Provost,Ric Schnupp,Brian Seagrave,Unsun Song,Jason Stasium,Jon Taylor,Matt Perry Thomas,Debby VanPoucke,Christopher T. Welch,Don White,Dean A. Zupancic
Special Effects by Fred Buchholz,Doug Facciponti,Westin Fengler,Phil Gauvin Jr.,Jeff Rolfe,Samuel Saffer,Brendan Samperi,Nick Vincenti
Visual Effects by Jason Bond,Cara Buckley,Charles Bunnag,Michael Colburn,Zachary Cole,Chad E. Collier,Matt Conway,Robert Nicholas Dauphinais,Aleksandar Djordjevic,Brent Droog,Mathias Frodin,Alex Gitler,Rachel Faith Hanson,Michael S. Harbour,Chris Holmes,Alexander Jacquet,Samuel Jørgensen,Alice Kahn,Jeffrey Kalmus,Raechel Kasprzak,James Kuroda,Samuel P. Larson,Tram Le-Jones,Steve McLafferty,Kama Moiha,Andy Mower,Marc Nanjo,Vinh Nguyen,David Piombino,Lesley Robson-Foster,Wendy Seddon,Jay Shindell,Thomas J. Smith,Doug Spilatro,Hirofumi Takeda,David Toepfer,Shannon Triplett,Michele C. Vallillo,Nancey S. Wallis,Sean Ware,Matthew T. Wilson,Taigne Hammock,Eddie Offermann,Chris B. Schnitzer
Stunts G.A. Aguilar,Chris Barnes,Bobby Beckles,Scott Burik,Nicole Callender,Blaise Corrigan,William Cote,Stacy Courtney,Aja Frary,Jeffrey Lee Gibson,Thomas La Marche,Eric Martin,Declan Mulvey,Victor Paguia,Christopher Place,Thomas Place,Dave Pope,Stephen A. Pope,Jodi Michelle Pynn,J.C. Robaina,Jeremy Sample,Shawnna Thibodeau,Jen Weissenberg,Adam Wood,Aja Frary,Declan Mulvey,J.C. Robaina,Shawnna Thibodeau,Jen Weissenberg,Adam Wood
Camera and Electrical Department Olga Abramson,Eli Aronoff,Grant Babbitt,Russell Bouchelle,Jeffrey Steven Brink,Nick Broyer,Bob Calandro,Michael Cambria,Patrick Capone,Brian Carmichael,Carl Casano,Mark Catania,Jac Cheairs,Rashad Clinton,Daniel Cocuzzo,Chris Connelly,Stephen Consentino,John Coots,Pedro Corcega,Jason Cortazzo,Mark Cyr,James Daly,George Elias,Willie Estrada,Sean Feehan,Robert K. Feldmann,Stanley Fernandez Jr.,Glenn Fishel,Michael Gallart,David Ganczewski,Todd Giresi,Keith Gordon,Michael N. Green,Emily Millay Haddad,Christopher Heikel,Travis Hottinger,Gary Isaacs,Aaron Jacobs,Philip Kathrens,Nicholas Kay,Tommy Kerwick Jr.,Steve Koster,Dan Kubicek,Robert Kummert,Patrick Lowry,Shaun Lowry,William MacGhee,Gary Martone,Diana Matos,Christian May,James McMillan,Camilo Mendoza,Kyle D. Moore,Xavier Munoz,Christopher Murphy,John Nasta,Ed Nessen,John Nijhawan,Tim Norman,David B. Nowell,Jeff Panessa,Rich Pashayan,Michael P. Prisco Jr.,Edward Read,Edward Read,Guillaume Renberg,Lance Rieck,K.C. Roballo,Marcos Rodríguez-Quijano,Ethan Rosenduft,Michael Rudolph,James Saluzzi,Jonathan Salvo,Daniel D. Sariano,David Satin,Andrew D. Schwartz,Matthew Selkirk,Ken Shibata,Pierson Silver,Yoshi Sonoda,Jonathan Stern,Daniel Wallenstein,Danny Weiss,Jelani Atu Wilson
Animation Department Luis Amaury Rodriguez
Casting Department Kate Caldwell,Mia Cusumano,Jandiz Estrada,Allison Hall,Lindsay Lieberman,Caitlin McKenna,Christina Rosado,Jamie Jacobson,Madina Milana,Grant Wilfley
Costume and Wardrobe Department Merav Elbaz Belschner,Danielle Cadorette,Sabrina Calley,Jonathan Clay,Megan Ehrling,Sue Gandy,Peter Habbit,Joseph La Corte,Tim McKelvey,Kirsten Mogg,Margaret Moy,Yaneya Rovira,Edward Ryan,Thomas Stokes,Mitchell Travers,David Turk,Angeline Zeigler
Editorial Department Adoma Ananeh-Firempong,Aaron Brock,Evans Butterworth,Rick Derby,Sergio Gutierrez,Erik Kaufmann,Kristopher Layng,Heather J. Morrison,Adam Ohl,George Papuashvili,Greg Parsons,Jill Piwowar,Kat Spiess,Scot Starbuck,Erica Sterne,Loretta Wallace,Seth Weinman,Jan Yarbrough
Location Management Jordan M. Bowes,Ryan Coleman,Chris Coyne,Simon Dasher,Michael DeRoker,Orit Greenberg,Aaron Hurvitz,Sam Hutchins,Kate Lillie,Tracy A. Martin,Anthony McClendon,Stuart Nicolai,Josh Samataro,Ryan Smith,Susan Pazos
Music Department Kim Baum,Joshua Blanchard,Tom Brown,Jeff Carson,Lola Debney,Brad Dechter,George Doering,Jessica Dolinger,Matt Franko,Mark Graham,Tom Hardisty,Tanya Noel Hill,Jim Hoffman,Charles Martin Inouye,Julianne Jordan,Kevin Kaska,Randy Kerber,Tom Kramer,Shawn Murphy,Jessica Neilson,Victor Pesavento,Ryan Robinson,Peter Rotter,Naomi Sato,Jacob Saylor,Patrick Spain,Matt Perry Thomas,Frank Bennett,Christopher Klatman
Script and Continuity Department Carol DePasquale,Wendy Lee Roberts,Emily Moss Wilson
Transportation Department David Conelli,Lawrence Frasca,Scott Roth,Gabe Turiello,Owen Holland
Additional Crew Caellum Allan,Jodi Arneson,Kimberly Arnold,Kelley Beaman,Danny Beaser,Marc Bicking,Charlie Birns,Katie Bova,Oliver Brooks,Mary Malone Browning,Yara Caubet,Al Cerullo,Katie Christian,James Coker,Beverly Cole,Daniel B. Cone,Mallory Crowley,Sarah Czajkowski,George Daratany,Jen Day,Jordan Delgado,Adrienne Dine,Bryant Donohue,Erin Douglass,Michael Dris,John Edmundson,Lindsay Feldman,Kathy Fellegary,Josh R. Field,Daniel Florio,Teddy Gibbons,Dawn Glaves,Lorena Gordon,Michael Hall,Abigail Hansen,Zoe Hartman,Jason Huberman,Jaime Jessup,Kaelan Kelly-Sordelet,Lisa Kisner,Beau Kline,Rich Koski,Katie Kramer,Julie Kuehndorf,Veronique Lee,David Tierney Lerner,Alexa Song Lindenthaler,Chris Liu,Matt Loomis,Brendan C. Lynch,Faya Madrid,Liz Magee,Francesco Marchione,Dee Martin,Timothy Martin,Dan Masciarelli,Cathleen McFadyen,Lisa McPherson,Allison Mella Strina,Vanessa Mendoza,Danny Michelson,Ryan Miles,Julia Muggia,Sean Murray,Taryn Nagle,Jennifer Nuccitelli,Tim Petryni,Jakub Porembski,Jennalee Rhodes,Shanae Rivers,Kerry Roberts,Michael Sausa,Erica Schmidt,Chelsea Shanders,Jon Shaw,Stanislav Shkilnyi,Nicki Slack,Scott Sullens,Wade Sullivan,Mary Sunshine,Marisa Taylor,Samantha Treiber,Steve Viola,Shannon Walker Cohen,Steph Walthall,Kit Wiitanen,Canella Williams,Joshua Williams,Kia R. Williams,Greg Wilson,Jennifer Winterbotham,Dawn Barkan,Chris Lastrapes,Gabriel Meyers,Peter Pamela Rose,Kathryn Sigismund
Thanks Barbara Marshall
Genres Comedy, Romance
Companies New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.6
ImDbRatingVotes 86160
MetacriticRating 22
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