Review: New Year’s Eve

The plot is familiar, the set up is known and you almost know the ending even before you watch it. Multi-starrer ‘New Year`s Eve’ boasts of stars like Hillary Swank, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer but unfortunately lacks a good script.

Directed by Garry Marshall (of ‘Valentine’s Day’ fame), the film narrates different stories which have a link. There is Sam (Josh Duhamel) who is left stranded in the middle of no where and has to reach home for his big New Year’s eve party. And Claire (Hilary Swank) is in charge of the celebrations at the Times Square but has to first solve her own problems. Meanwhile, cancer-stricken Stan (De Niro) lies in a hospital bed hoping to stay alive till the midnight so that he can see the fireworks from the hospital roof.

The stories are cute, sentimental and also all known. You have seen similar plots in ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’ and loads of other multi starrer rom-coms.

The film catches in on the festive sprit and for all you know, you might just end up loving it.

Movie Review: Friends With Benefits

This week’s release includes Will Gluck’s Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis starrer ‘Friends With Benefits’ – a befitting take on the worldview of romantic comedies.The film takes a dig at the schmaltzy and over the top emotional tearjerkers to a new world of relationships. ‘Friends with Benefits’ derive saccharine conventions of love and courtship while parodying romance.

In ‘Friends with Benefits,’ Mila Kunis plays Jamie, a New York corporate headhunter and Justin Timberlake is Dylan, an art director.Like ‘No Strings Attached’, ‘Friends with Benefits’ too believes in weeding out emotions from sex. A chance meet changes the life of Dylan and Jamie and the two quickly strike a friendship. Wary of a previous soured relationship, the two are game for a purely sexual affair. However, this fling soon turns into a serious romance.

A quick paced, witty and urban flick, ‘Friends with Benefits’ comes off as a cleverly written movie which has lots of punches.You cannot afford to miss out Justin and Mila in their perfect yuppie act who hit off instantly and get together in bed, oblivious to the fact that getting physical can further complicate things. Justin and Mila perfectly complement each other – be it in the bed or in their friendly banter.