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Not a bromance, but a womance, Jucy is the stor y of BFFs Jackie (Francesca
Gasteen) and Lucy (Cindy Nelson) – together they are ‘Jucy’ and this film tells
of their many misadventures on the ro cky road to friendship.
Pals since they met up at high school and now years later working together
at the local video store, Jackie and Lucy are inseparable. Little has changed
for the pair since their teenage years . These 20somethings do ever ything
together. It’s a state of affairs that causes their family and friends to see them
as co -dependent and weird – and makes finding boyfriends and stellar careers
difficult to come by.
When the pair are accused of being in a suffocating ‘womance’, they decide
to prove the naysayers wrong and head out on a quest to secure their dreams.
Jackie wants to snag a dream date, and Lucy a dream job. When an amateur
production of Jane Eyre pops up on the horizon, the Jucy twosome think it’s
time to explore their options and finally grow up and give away their girlish
ways – but will these new dreams mean the end of their friendship?
Quirky and f unny, this film has a real feelgood energ y about it. Performances
are solid from our two heroines and the script has plenty of recognisable
moments that will have you thinking nostalgically about your gal pals of
yester year. Director Louise Alston keeps the comedic moments flowing but
isn’t above inserting a little pathos – and thanks to her use of Mike Leigh’s
filmmaking techniques – these all ring true. Real life best friends Francesca
and Cindy share some wonderful on screen moments.
A fine indie effort from some young Aussie filmmakers – be sure to catch
it on DVD.
It’s formulaic, paint by numbers stuff, but there is still something a little
appealing about this film, which charts the intersecting lives of a group
of New Yorkers on NYE . Whether it’s Hilar y Swank’s overly sincere
performance as the official in charge of the Times Square ball drop who
finds her life in crisis or Zac Efron’s absurdly cute bike courier or even
Ashton Kutcher ’s curmudgeonly comic book illustrator, who has a bad
case of the ‘I hate New Year’s Eves’; if you can get over the overly saccharine
scripting and let the performances standalone, these vignettes work quite
well. Unfortunately a few good scenes do not a great movie make. Not
that anyone who has seen Marshall’s previous effort (Valentine’s Day) will
expect anything spectacular from this follow up.
For the most part it is as though Marshall has assembled all his
favourite actors once more and said ‘ We did Valentine’s Day – how about
we give New Year’s Eve a whirl...’ One can only imagine Christmas and
Thanksgiving are in prepro duction as we speak ...
Still there is no doubt that given the star power of this cast, that this
movie is going to rake in the big bickies. Where else can you see D e Niro,
Kutcher, Pfeiffer, Berr y, Swank, Heigl, Bon Jovi, Efron, Duhamel and
many more strutting their stuff for the price of admission?
Cookie cutter characters aside, there are a few good moments – and
if you’ve stuck it out ‘til the end without falling into a diabetic coma, it’s
worth sitting through the credits to see Efron and Pfeiffer shaking their
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michelle, Michelle Pfieffer, Zak Efron
Odin’s Eye Entertainnent
Director: Louise Alston
Starring: Francesca Gasteen, Cindy Nelson
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