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New Year's Day (1989)

Maggie Wheeler , Gwen Welles , Henry Jaglom  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Wheeler, Gwen Welles, Melanie Winter, Henry Jaglom, David Duchovny
  • Directors: Henry Jaglom
  • Writers: Henry Jaglom
  • Producers: Judith Wolinsky, Phyllis Curott
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYXI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "New Year's Day" on IMDb

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At a critical mid-life moment. Drew (Henry Jaglom) leaves L.A. and flies to Manhattan in hopes of starting his life anew. He has sublet an apartment beginning January 1, but finds that it is still occupied by three young women who insist that their lease runs through the first. The next 24 hours will have a lifetime's impact on Drew and the women: Annie (Gwen Welles), Winona (Melanie Winters) and most especially Lucy (Maggie Jakobson), as the film explores modern life, love... and New Year's resolutions!

New Year's Day is verbose, discursive, and even a little insightful. It can only be the handiwork of idiosyncratic independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom. Tired of his miserable life in Los Angeles, newly single writer Drew (Jaglom) moves back to New York--on New Year's Day. Due to a misunderstanding, his apartment is still occupied three tenants: Annie (Gwen Welles), Winona (Melanie Winter), and Lucy (Maggie Wheeler, Chandler's whiny girlfriend Janice on Friends). With nowhere to go until they move out the next day, Drew gets to know the women. And vice versa. He's bewildered by the overly-emotional Annie and forthright Winona and attracted to the compassionate Lucy, who plans to relocate to LA. Over the next 24 hours, a variety of people drop by, including Lucy's mother and father, building supervisor Lazlo (Oscar-winning director Milos Forman), and unfaithful ex-boyfriend Billy (David Duchovny, Wheeler's actual ex, who rejoins Jaglom for Venice/Venice). Shot like a documentary, New Year's Day feels improvised, which is its biggest strength--and biggest weakness. Duchovny, who has a brief nude scene, looks perpetually bemused, while Jaglom comes off like a patronizing parental figure. Which may be the point. At times, it resembles real life; at others, a party to which you weren't invited. So, Jaglom's third in a semi-autobiographical trilogy, after Always (1985) and Someone to Love (1987), may not be a complete success, but it's an entertaining diversion, and Wheeler shines in a rare lead role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm, empathic film December 21, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This film is better than "Venice/Venice" because it has a better narrative. Is it a gabfest movie reminiscent of Stilman's "Metropolitan" and anything by Woody Allen? Absolutely.
But what it lacks in budget is made up for in the performances and writing. The characters not only entertain, but by the end of this New Year's Day party learn something about themselves. Jakobson (who does her chimp noises in this film) is a star, period. This also marks one of David Duchovney's first appearances as Jakobson's boyfriend. If you're looking for a sit-down movie that won't give you a seizure, this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for David Duchovny's performance August 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The storyline is pretty awful. Jaglom is simply terrible as a screenwriter, actor and director.
But I give it four stars for the David Duchovny eye candy. Here he is as a young man in ALL his glory. He's absolutely gorgeous in this and he does a good job with his character, a real scoundrel and ladies' man. Warning, this movie contains male frontal nudity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - movie but... - Fake Widescreen DVD December 7, 2006
By ed
The aspect ratio is fake.

The top and bottom of the regular full screen version has been cropped out of the picture to give the illusion your getting a widescreen - what your getting is less picture!

The studios should label the DVD's as they did when they cropped VHS video picture " this film has been modified to fit you tv screen" as in modified to fit a 16x9 tv in this case.

You have already lost one third of the picture when it was modified to full screen, now you loose an additional one third to one fourth of the movies image!

In this film the DVD version will show much less of Duchovny below the waist as the uncropped version reveals - sorry ladies!

The reason leterbox and widescreen has a demand, is that the audience or consumer wants to view the Movie as it was filmed and framed by the filmaker, and not loose out on portions of the movie that the director intended.

In other words the idea to release in widescreen was for the intention of showing MORE not LESS of the movies image.

The studios believe they can get away with this, since the average buyer does not have a full screen video version to compare with, or the consumer is just unaware.

I compared this DVD to a full screen VHS version, and in many cases where some DVD's come with both Full & Wide Screen on a flip disc, compare them before watching, many of the widesreen sides are just chopped versions of the full screen.

The picture quality is great on this and most DVD's, it is unfortunate though that it has to be a conciliation for cropped picture.

The movie I find very engaging, great acting by Maggie Jakobson(Wheeler), and very Woody Allen'ish type scripting and characterization by Jaglom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is like a good friend! December 23, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this move eight or ten years ago, and it has since become a favorite that I "visit" with every year on New Year's Day. The themes of life transitions, new beginnings, and finding one's place in the world are especially resonant on New Year's Day when so many people take stock of the past year and make resolutions for the future. The characters are no more or less perfect than anyone's circle of friends, which makes them all the more loveable. Watching this movie has become a beloved annual ritual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different side of Duchovny (!) October 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
If you buy this tape for any other reason than David Duchovny's presence in the film, you're in for a disappointment. Take my word for it--the story and acting are truly forgettable. Duchovny's 'appearance', however, is definitely worth the price....
All I can say is "WOW"
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3.0 out of 5 stars New Year's Day April 20, 2014
I have to be honest, just watched the movie because of David Duchovny being in it. I really liked him in it, thought he did a good job. He is wonderful eye candy and if you can get the unrated version -you can see him in all of his glory.
The movie itself was too 'talky' for me, too much chatter; I fast forward to David's scenes in the show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DAVID DUCHOVNY IS THE REASON FOR THIS FILM September 29, 2013
By Mia
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