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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The many characters in the film demonstrate hope, optimism, forgiveness, and -- most of all -- love.
Positive Role Models
Everybody here is striving to be the best person they can be. It's certainly positive, though few of them come across as believable characters.
Violence & Scariness
One character slaps another in a long-planned but ultimately unsatisfying retaliation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many romantic kisses at midnight as the new year arrives, as well as one somewhat graphic proposition for sex with two willing women that a man turns down.
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Some swearing, including "ass," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "oh my God" (as an exclamation), and one loud "f--k" as a woman struggles to give birth.
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Products & Purchases
Much of the movie takes place in Times Square, with characters surrounded by enormous billboards for every product imaginable, including Toshiba (which sponsors the square's New Year's Eve ball), Nivea, and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (another movie released by New Year's Eve distributor) Warner Bros. Also Moet champagne.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes feature people drinking to ring in the New Year, though hardly anyone seems drunk, rowdy, or out of control.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Year's Eve is a star-studded romcom that's heavy on familiar faces (including Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and many more) and short on depth. It follows several interconnected storylines as people try to make amends for the past year and ring in the new one; the stories are simplistic and saccharine, and though the messages are well meant and everyone's striving to be a good person, there aren't many believable role models. There's plenty of kissing and romance, plus some drinking and swearing (including "s--t" and one memorable "f--k"), and tons of enormous billboards touting products in Times Square. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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