With Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, and soon Mother's Day, Garry Marshall has declared himself king of the mawkish, holiday-based ensemble comedy, a cruel ruler manipulating his armies of generally attractive, well-to-do people from atop his base inside a Hallmark store. But today, it has become clear that a challenger is arisen in director Mitch Davis.
Davis, who previously directed the Anne Hathaway Mormon missionary film The Other Side of Heaven, has mounted a head-on assault on Marshall's soppy tower--and dangerously encroached on Love Actually's territory, too--with Christmas Eve. Marshall needn't worry too much, though, because boy does it look like a piece of shit.
Cribbed directly from New Year's Eve's Ashton Kutcher-Lea Michele subplot, the film focuses on six groups of people trapped in elevators on the titular holiday. There's a guy trapped in a crashed van, too, but he's apparently not as relevant. Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines, Gary Cole, and Jon Heder--who seems to be trying to do a bad job in this--are among the trapped. Here's the trailer: