Steen: Grab a crazy hat, noise maker and head to New Years Eve

I wasn’t at all sure that I was going to like New Year’s Eve.

New Years Eve

I wasn’t at all sure that I was going to like New Year’s Eve.  I thought I knew who would be in it, I knew it was New York City and I thought, ah a little light-hearted romance to end the old year and begin the new one.

I was wrong!

The cast is, yes, the who’s who of starts—new and old. Michelle Pfeiffer, Hillary Swank, Zac Efron, John Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro, John Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Abigale Breslin, Alyssa Milano, Seth Myers, Common, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Penny Marshall, Hector Elizondo, just to name the ones we recognize.

Directed by Garry Marshall (Penny’s ex), the film is set in New York City just hours before the ball is dropped. There is a glitch in the new technology, and the ball gets stuck part way up the pole. It becomes clear that only by bringing in the great Kaminsky (played by Hector Elizondo), a recently fired former employee of the city, can the problem be fixed.

As this crisis is being dealt with, the stories swirl and evolve, and only as midnight approaches are the lives sorted out, but with a few surprises.

This is a show that reflects that time just before the New Year. For many of us we take at least a few moments to look back at the good, the bad and the ugly that made up the past 12 months, and for a tiny second we hope that the clean slate of the new year will give us a chance to gain what we lost, make better decisions, make promises to ourselves that, kept or not kept, reflect the eternal hope that is inside all of us.

The music is fabulous and I will be buying the CD. Auld Lang Syne sung by Glee star Lea Michele is worth the price of admission.

Best line: “In my country, when a man gets down on one knee, it means he wants to get married, or he’s just been shot.”

So where will you be this New Year’s Eve?  With friends, in the company of strangers, or kicking back at home?  If you have no plans, see this show, and start the year with a smile.

Wherever you celebrate I hope it’s happy and safe and I hope 2012 is the best ever.

This gets five  reels, a crazy hat and a noisemaker.





Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and a movie buff.



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