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Celebrate the New Year with a Movie!
Author: Greg Nelson

The countdown to New Year’s is on and start of a new year can be often an emotional time. It’s a time to reflect on the year just passed while looking ahead to the coming year. It’s a time to set new goals and resolutions and a time to pop some champagne. For many, it’s also a great time to pop some popcorn, snuggle up and settle in to watch a favorite movie or two. Of course, while Hollywood holiday movies are more typically centered around the celebration of Christmas, there have been a number of movies that offer scenes that utilize the emotional power of New Year’s Eve. One of the most memorable New Year’s Eve scenes of all comes from the 1989 hit movie, When Harry Met Sally featuring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. After years of on and off friendship, Sally finds herself feeling sad and alone at a New Year’s Eve party without Harry by her side. But just as she decides to leave the party early, Harry appears and declares his love for her with the following line: “I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Another hugely popular film with New Years at its foundation was the 2001 British romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’ Diary starring Renee Zellweger. It all starts with Bridget’s New Year’s resolutions to keep a diary, find a nice, sensible boyfriend, and stop forming romantic attractions to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping toms, commitment-phones and other men with issues. The 1947 tale, Repeat Performance, starring Richard Basehart and Louis Hayward, is a suspenseful mystery about receiving second chances. On New Year’s Eve, the character played by Joan Leslie runs out of a penthouse apartment and into the Times Square crowd in New York City after shooting and killing her husband. Through a wrinkle in time, she is transported back to the last New Year’s and is allowed to relive the past year all over again. But by fixing the errors of her past can she change the future? Another New Year’s husband and wife moment occurs in the 1936 film, After the Thin Man. William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Nick and Nora Charles as a husband and wife detective team caught in the midst of a murder mystery on New Year’s Eve. Two other more recent movies offer New Year’s themes, as well. In Waiting to Exhale, Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine star as four women who rely on one another for strength when life gets crazy. And on New Year’s Eve, they are all looking for good men…though there doesn’t seem to be any good men around. Meanwhile, the 2002 movie About a Boy portrays Hugh Grant as Will Freeman, a commitment-phobe that loves single moms who meets the woman of his dreams at a New Year’s Eve party. For kids of all ages, there’s also the 1985 feature cartoon, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. Charlie and all the Peanuts gang try to get together for Peppermint Patty’s New Year’s Eve party, though Charlie is supposed to read Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Of course, any movie goes great with New Years. And you can start by watching a movie short or webisode online anytime at
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