I am not suggesting that you stay home and watch movies on New Year’s Eve if you want to go out. In fact, it’s always a bad idea for me. However if that’s what you and possibly a SO or friend have decided to do here are my top picks. Plus you could also watch one before you head out or after you return.
Chaos Theory (2007)
“Are you trying to kill yourself?” “Well, obviously, but I think it’s going to take a little while.”
Chaos Theory is a dark comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. He’s an efficiency expert. The character is somewhat similar to Ben Stiller’s in the abysmal Along Came Polly, except you know, this is an enjoyable movie. He manages his life down to the minute and doesn’t take risks.
One day his schedule is thrown off by his wife (Emily Mortimer). Once that happens he ends up performing a good deed that is misinterpreted by his wife. Then he finds out a big secret about her that leads to him making lists that say things like “Kill Myself”. Instead of doing that he goes wild and does or tries to do a bunch of risky acts that he’d normally never do.
The always amazing Stuart Townsend costars as their playboy best friend (who’s also in love with Reynolds’ wife). Sarah Chalke also makes an appearance. The movie is told using a timeframe of 3 important times in his life, one is the New Year’s Eve that begins his relationship with his wife. In addition to that it touches big time on trying to alter yourself which is very popular this time of year. It sucks that the film didn’t get a wide release. I bet Reynolds was really excited about showing his range in it.
“How about if I wait six weeks to call. I could tell her I found her number while I was cleaning out my wallet, I can’t remember where we met. I’ll ask her what she looks like and then I’ll ask her if we fucked. How about that? Would that be money?”
No, Swingers is not a New Year’s movie. It’s not set on New Year’s Eve or any specific holiday (that I’m aware of). I suggest it for New Year’s because it’s now sort of a New Year’s tradition for me to watch it around this time of year. One year when I couldn’t go out on NYE I decided to watch some of my favorite movies instead. One of those was Swingers. I think it’s a decent New Year’s choice because it involves a bunch of partying and trying to pick people up.
It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar.
This movie also appears in Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming.
You may also enjoy:
Sexy Shirtless Superheroes-includes Ryan Reynolds and Stuart Townsend.
The Sexiest Celebrity Mugshots-includes Vince Vaughn.
Best Episodes of Sex and the City-includes the episode Season 3: Episode 14 “Sex and Another City” guest starring Vince Vaughn.