In the absence of a decent storyline (some were surprisingly even more banal than the ones mentioned above) where sappy platitudes reign supreme, one might hope the perpetually crowd-pleasing Manhattan scenery might be a pleasant-enough distraction as the minutes slowly tick by. Unfortunately, the choppy, uninspired editing pretty much kicks that hope to the curb as well. Really, only Times Square gets a glamorous pan, and for anyone who’s watched Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest count down to midnight, well, it’s nothing particularly revelatory.

And just in case the previous paragraphs didn’t make it abundantly clear, “nothing particularly revelatory” pretty much sums up New Year’s Eve as a whole. Not even bad enough to qualify as a bona fide guilty pleasure, the only way for this madness to stop is a thoroughly anemic box office return. But considering how the critics’ blatant lack of enthusiasm for Valentine’s Day didn’t seem to matter, however, it’s quite possible that St. Patrick’s Day, Flag Day and Veteran’s Day could be making its way to a theater near you in the not-so-distant future.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking, but surprisingly, no actual drunkenness displayed.
  • Language/Profanity: One, almost two, uses of the “f” word, sh--, dam-, as- and a couple of exclamations of God’s name.  
  • Sex/Nudity: Lots of discussion of “getting lucky” since it’s New Year’s Eve. Some discussion of childbirth-related topics including specific references to female anatomy. Ava (Sofia Vergara) makes a few suggestive comments and wears her trademark tight and cleavage-y attire. Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) informs her teenage daughter Hailey (Abigail Breslin) that she’s not on “Girls Gone Wild” when she lifts up her shirt and says she’s not wearing a training bra. It’s implied that Laura (Katherine Heigl) and Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) were a live-in couple while they were engaged.
  • Violence: Comic violence, including when Laura slaps Jensen a few times for ditching her after getting engaged.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.