Don't feel like paying for overpriced drinks, standing in crowded bars, and trying to wave down elusive taxicabs this New Years Eve? You might want to consider skipping the hassle, popping open a bottle of champagne, and settling in for a great movie instead. Here are some suggestions for you to bring in the New Year with.
When Harry Met Sally- Originally released in 1989, “When Harry Met Sally” stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, and was directed by Rob Reiner, who can currently be seen on screen with Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall street”.
Spanning over several years, Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) turn a contentious first meeting into a deep friendship. When sex is introduced into their relationship, “When Harry Met Sally” explores whether or not men and women can truly just be just platonic friends.
Harry finally professes his love for Sally on New Years Eve as the ball is about to drop. Interspersed with married couples being interviewed on how they first met, “When Harry Met Sally” will start off your New Year with a smile.
2. The Apartment- Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, “The Apartment” was originally released in 1960 and was fresh off of Lemmon starring in the box office smash “Some Like It Hot”.
C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) loans his New York apartment out to his bosses so they can carry on extramarital affairs. In turn, Baxter is promoted and gets special treatment at work. The arrangement works for a little while, but complications ensue as people begin to find out, and Baxter himself falls in love.
Events culminate at the office New Years Eve party and Baxter decides to take a new job, leaving the apartment behind. There is a particularly tense scene where a champagne bottle being opened is mistaken for a gunshot. Luckily, everything turns out well for Baxter in the end.
3. 200 Cigarettes- Released in 1999, “200 Cigarettes” stars a noticeably younger Ben and Casey Affleck, as well as a rather similar looking Paul Rudd, who can currently be seen along side Will Ferrell in “Anchorman 2”.
“200 Cigarettes” tells the story of a group of friends in their mid 20’s prepping for a New Years Eve party, all while dealing with relationships, desire, loneliness, and their own neuroses.
While “200 Cigarettes” may not be the best movie on the list, it certainly is the most relevant. The entire movie takes place on New Years Eve, and an early glimpse of some household actors certainly puts in perspective the passing of time.