More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "The New Year," a dramedy about a young woman feeling trapped in her hometown. I promise you: it is not the sequel to "New Year's Eve."
Director: Brett Haley
Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryan Hunter, Kevin Wheatley
Official Synopsis: "Budding writer Sunny takes time off from college to tend to her ailing dad in suburban Florida, and after two years, a temp job at a bowling alley has turned into a comfortable rut. But, when Sunny's high school rival Isaac returns, her routine is abruptly disrupted. Friendly fire replaces competitive spirit as the pair picks up where they left off, and Sunny realizes the future holds more than a well-stocked shoe counter."
"An encouraging feature debut."
"Richly endowed with true-to-life moments, a generosity of spirit and an unsentimental perspective on the quarter-life crisis."
"A slow-building stunner of a character study."
"While the filmmaking is certainly competent it's rarely striking."
"The plot saunters from one typical twentysomething malaise to the next, unconcerned with excavating the messy but instructive emotional gnarl that might feed Sunny's surface indecisiveness and disappointment."
"The New Year" is now available on iTunes.