The New Year (2010)




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One-time high school valedictorian and "most likely to succeed," beautiful bookworm Sunny finds herself stuck in Pensacola in her mid-twenties, working at a bowling alley and caring for her terminally ill father. Sunny is taken off guard when she runs into a charming high school rival who is home from New York for the holidays, and finds herself at a crossroads between chasing her old dreams, or creating new ones that she never believed she would have.-- (C) Official Site (via FaceBook)
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Marc Petersen
as Daniel Elliott
Victor Aminger
as Party Goer
Hunter Ryan
as Isaac
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Critic Reviews for The New Year

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Wall Street Journal
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[The New Year is] richly endowed with true-to-life moments, a generosity of spirit and an unsentimental perspective on the quarter-life crisis.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
New York Times
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A slow-building stunner of a character study.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Village Voice
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Absorbing, wise, true-to-life and universally relatable with just the right balance of sweetness, tenderness and humor. Trieste Kelly Dunn shines in a charismatic, warm and genuinely heartfelt performance.

Full Review… | August 1, 2010
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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.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

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.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

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