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New Year's Eve

comedy, drama, romance

"New Year's Eve" celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

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

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this star-studded romcom is heavy on familiar faces (including Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and many more) and short on depth. New Year's Eve 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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how New Year's Eve portrays dating and romance. Ask your teens if this is what they think adult relationships are really like.
  • Did you identify with any of the characters' storylines? Which ones seemed the most believable? Which ones felt completely implausible?
  • What's the significance of New Year's Eve as a holiday? Is it important to have someone special to celebrate it with? What does the beginning of a new year mean to you?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: None of the marquee names come off particularly well here, so it's more a matter of figuring out who embarrasses themselves the most.

- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Friday, December 9, 2011

Rotten: Sags when it should shimmer, labors clunkily when it should glide and - most unforgivably - plops some otherwise attractive and even talented actors into roles that are completely outside their physical and psychic comfort zone.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, December 9, 2011

Rotten: Why bother with a new title? New Year's Eve is simply 2010's Valentine's Day all over again, and it's about as appealing as a flute of cheap Champagne left over from the last holiday.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

It was okay. It lost half a star for the inclusion of Jon Bon Jovi and his horrible singing (also it was really creepy watching him romantically involved with the much younger katherine Heigl). There is a lot of stories and characters here. Some I liked (Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeifer, Katherine Heigl). Others I couldn't care less about (Jessica Biel, Hillary Swank). If you liked Valentines Day, you might enjoy this, but there is definitely better out there.

- romy861, Saturday, April 14, 2012

0 star

Dont end/start the year with this god awful rom com. Good cast but bloody awful plot and characters. Most of these cast members dont fit with each other anyway! Halle Berry and Ashton Kutcher in the same movie?! Robert deNiro and Askhton Kutcher in the same movie?! Hell anyone of these great actors with Ashton Kutcher is a bad ensemble (he's a good actor dont get me wrong but only when he makes good chemistry with his fellow cast members like two and a half men). To be direct, New Years Eve is a romantic comedy thats aim is to be heartwarming at this wonderful time of the year but comes across as a blizzard of bad chemistry and therefore not romantic in the slightest.

- aquateen2, Tuesday, January 3, 2012

1 star

New Years Eve was basically a clone of the 2009 film Valentines Day, it has the same director, the same writer, same producers, and the same storyline but there is one difference between the two movies, they are different holidays, and I felt like that is the only difference. The story follows many different people who all have different experiences on the day of New Years Eve. The plot is exactly what we all were expecting, a vignette of people who all have different stories, but as I was expecting, the stories are uninteresting, the characters are boring, and we all know that they are going to end a on a good note and be really romantic so what was there really to look forward to, no matter how many of these films they make and I cannot see a story like this ever really being good. The cast consists of some very big actors including Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Halle Berry, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeifer, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Sofia Vergara, Jake T. Austin, Jessica Biel, Ludacris, Seth Meyers, and Ryan Seacrest, and you know what, not a single one of these actors could show how good they are because they only get about 10 minutes of screen time each so what can i say other than they all did this film for a paycheck and nothing else. The comedy was not meant to really make people laugh, it is meant to give a few giggles to some girls who go with their boyfriends to a cheesy romantic movie, so if you did laugh at the film Valentines Day, you will not laugh at this film. New Years Eve respects the holiday and does not stray from being a film that celebrates the holiday so I did not completely dislike the film, but in my opinion it failed in everything else such as story, acting, romance and comedy so I recommend to anybody who wants a good film, but if you want to see a film to celebrate the New Year this is what you will want to see.

- DreamExtractor, Wednesday, December 28, 2011