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Still shot from the movie: New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve

Director Garry Marshall pulls together a cast of Hollywood heart-throbs (old and new) in this montage of various people celebrating New Year's Eve in New York City. Cast members include (but are not limited to) Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 09 Dec 2011
Video Release: 01 May 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does Randy let his past color his future? How do you deal with people like him who put a damper on festive celebrations?

What would be the appeal of starring in a movie like this one, where a celebrity gets limited screen time?

Zac Efron plays the cool uncle in this story. How important is it for children and teens to have other adults they can trust and rely on in addition to their mom and dad? What extent are parents willing to go in order to monitor their children in this movie? How do others feel about the hovering mother in this story? What is a healthy balance between supervising teens and encouraging independence?

While some people make New Year’s resolutions and others do not, is there value in taking time to reflect on the mistakes and successes of the past year and looking for ways to improve during the next? As unrealistic as Ingrid’s resolutions seem, how do they help her make real changes in her life?

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