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Parents' Guide to

New Year's Eve

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Shallow, star-studded romcom has some drinking, swearing.

Movie PG-13 2011 118 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 11+

Ok for a 11+

I watch this movie on New Year's Eve and it had jon Bon Jovi in it
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Zac Efron is in it that's why its cool.

I enjoyed it because Zac was in it and he is so cute and acted real well.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (26 ):

The problem with NEW YEAR'S EVE is that it's trying to replicate Love Actually, and it fails to measure up. What made Love Actually so remarkable was an ineffable quality that allowed it to be memorable despite the pitfalls of trying to do an ensemble romantic comedy. It broke ground by doing it quite well. And the cast was just so good. And although the ingredients here are virtually the same -- big-name actors; an emotional holiday; quirky, silly storylines that converge at one spot -- the dish served up here doesn't hit the spot the same way.

Why? Not to hammer home the analogy, but it's overcooked. Aside from a few Academy Award winners and nominees (Swank, De Niro, Berry) and the respectable Parker (and to some extent, Heigl), everyone else is trying far too hard to be effortless with material that's far too thin and set-ups that are far too canned. (Director Garry Marshall had the same problem with his very similar Valentine's Day.) Expository dialogue, plot points that can be spotted towns away, and a crowded cast -- it's all here. Very few moments in the movie feel authentic; instead, it incessantly strains to evoke hope, nostalgia, and optimism. Yes, New Year's Eve is highly charged. But no one likes to feel manipulated, not even for auld lang syne.

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