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December 30, 2012 8:08 AM What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

By Kathleen Geier

I take no position on the great Zooey Deschanel question that divides feminists and hipsters everywhere (she tends to attract a lot of haters, but also some defenders, from both groups). I haven’t seen enough of Deschanel’s work to from an opinion of her (although I did like her in Elf).

But in this video? She and Joseph Gordon-Levitt* are pretty freaking adorable — to my taste at least, they’re safely on the charming rather than annoying side of the “cute” divide. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re singing a great Frank Loesser tune.

Have a Happy New Year, everybody!

*Fun fact about Joseph Gordon-Levitt: did you know that his grandfather was Michael Gordon, director of such highly entertaining classic Hollywood concoctions as the Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy Pillow Talk and the hardboiled melodrama I Can Get It For You Wholesale? The latter film, featuring a tough-as-nails Susan Hayward as a woman clawing her way to the top in NYC’s garment industry, is about three-quarters of a terrific movie until it sadly loses its nerve and goes all soft. It’s still well worth checking out, though — it should be much better known.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • Daryl McCullough on December 30, 2012 9:19 AM:

    I cannot see any point in hating someone like Zooey Deschanel. What's that all about?

  • SteveT on December 30, 2012 9:23 AM:

    I have no idea what "the great Zooey Deschanel question" is, and I'm not even interested enough to look it up.

    But I enjoy Deschanel as an actor. She is a 21st century version of the "girl next door" -- sincere and vulnerable but with an underlying strength. I thought that she single-handedly carried the SciFi Channel's miniseries "Tin Man", which would have been an uneven mess without her.

  • c u n d gulag on December 30, 2012 9:28 AM:

    Mornin', Kathleen,
    I might go to bed really, really, early - and then wake-up right before midnight, drink a cheap champagne toast to the new year with my Mom (next year, I'm hoping, has to be better than this year, since my Pop passed-away in late April), and then, hopefully, channel 11 here in NY does what it always does on New Years Day - have a "Honeymooner's" marathon.
    Yup, just checked the guide - midnight, until 5 pm!

    I've seen each of the episode's at least 500 times - I know them all by heart. They were on every night at 11, for a couple of decades.
    I still don't understand why they don't show them at night?

    Oh, and tomorrow morning, until early evening, Turner Classic Movies is having an Abbott and Costello movie marathon!
    ALSO TOO - YAY!!!
    "To the MOON, Alice!!!"

    Ah, my childhood...
    On Sunday's, if we didn't go to church, I'd watch channel 11 starting at 10am, with "The Bowery Boys," and then watch and Abbott and Costello from 11:30 to 1. And then, depending on the season, a baseball, football, or basketball game.
    And if we did, we'd normally be back just in time for A&C.
    Ah, memories...

  • MuddyLee on December 30, 2012 9:35 AM:

    I like New Girl, and so does my wife. We think Zooey has a lot of charm in the show. Everybody can't be a lawyer, doctor, computer scientist. She had a minor role in Weeds too as a crazy girl friend - that's all I know about her. Hating her is like hating Diane Keaton in Annie Hall - I will not participate in the hate.

  • Gandalf on December 30, 2012 11:34 AM:

    i really don't care one way or the other about Zooey but I have an imoression that the feelings about her her are oretty close to the ones you get when you get a great huge slug of cotton candy in your mouth.

  • schtick on December 30, 2012 1:03 PM:

    I hate New Year's Eve. It's amatuer night. People that rarely, if ever, get falling down drunk, decide New Year's Eve is the time to get that drunk, then fawn all over and paw people they claim to despise, kiss everyone while trying to choke them with their tongue, end up puking on people they are trying to impress and apologizing for it all the whole year.
    I'll take my close trusted friends with a small house party thank you very much. Or, as I have done the last couple years because we have all moved to different areas, speak to them on the phone, drink a toast to them, tell them I love them and miss them, and wish them to have a really good year.

    crapcha...cinanti half-dozen...thought that Chianti for a moment

  • Matt on December 30, 2012 2:40 PM:

    Is the video flipped, or are they both playing their instruments left-handed?

  • AndrewBW on December 30, 2012 4:06 PM:

    I've barely ever even heard of Zooey Deschanel, but that was pretty darn good. Thanks.

  • Patrick Star on December 30, 2012 4:19 PM:

    Is there a new "Him" in "She and Him"?

  • Dan on December 30, 2012 7:33 PM:

    My question has been asked, and I will ask again. Are they both lefties? Good for them, nice song!