The New Year (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The New Year
A star is born in this observant and compassionate drama about a young woman trying to sort her way out of an involuntary limbo in her coastal Florida hometown.
[The New Year is] richly endowed with true-to-life moments, a generosity of spirit and an unsentimental perspective on the quarter-life crisis.
Out of raw materials -- convincing 20-something dialogue; deft montages of night life, bowling, parties, the beachside setting -- the director-screenwriter Brett Haley (with another screenwriter, Elizabeth Kennedy) has built an encouraging feature debut.
Audience Reviews for The New Year
Shite. Couldn't even finish. The interactions seem so forced and unnatural. It's like how interactions play out in a cheesy hipsters head.
One sentence summary: Slow moving, but with plenty of good moments. -------------- Sunny was valedictorian at her high school, but she drops out of community college when her dad gets terminal cancer. She takes a job at the local bowling alley, and has been dating the local martial arts instructor, Neal. Her high school nemesis, Isaac, now a fledgling stand-up comedian, drifts back into her life. She is conflicted. At a party, Neal goes home early. Sunny goes home with Amy and Bobby. Before she leaves, she kisses Isaac. The next day, her father goes to the hospital. Isaac drops everything and stays with her while she waits. The narrative continues, with more disappointments: her father does not get better, the bowling center is going to close, Neal wants to break up with her, Christmas and New Year's Day come with no improvements. It would seem that Sunny will continue, probably making the big adjustments as needed. ----Scores----- Cinematography: 10/10 Very nice. Consistently good. Sound: 10/10 Well-miked, no problems. Acting: 8/10 Mostly good. Screenplay: 8/10 Stayed true to itself; no jump the shark moments.
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