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(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] (112min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG-13 [PG-13*] ... a star-studded cast.

Production (US): Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, A Wayne Rice/Karz Entertainment Production
Distribution (US): Warner Home Video
Director(s): Gary Marshall
Producer(s): Marc Karz, Wayne Rice, Gary Marshall, Toby Emmerich, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Diane Pokorny, Josie Rosen
Written by: Katherine Fugate
Cinematography/Camera: Charles Minsky
Music: John Debney
Film Editing: Michael Tronick
Casting: Amanda Mackey, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Production Design: Marc Friedberg
Art Direction: Kim Jennings
Viewed on Warner Home Video DVD

There is an old expression used a ton of years ago - "a star-studded cast." New Year's Eve is a great example of that expression.

The setting is New York City and the 2011 New Year's Eve celebration. Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank), Vice President of Times Square Alliance, is in charge of the ball drop on Times Square, a ball drop that fails for the first time since 1905 until previously fired electrical expert Kominski (Hector Elizondo) arrives to save the day. Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker), who annually spends New Year's Eve with her daughter, Hailey (Abigail Breslin), battles with 15 year old Hailey this year about her demand for freedom to wander the streets of NYC with her friends, one of them an intended midnight kiss.

Laura (Katherine Heigl), chef for the festivities sponsored by ARI Recording, runs into singing superstar Daniel Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi), who ran out on Laura last New Year's Eve after asking her to marry him, who wants Laura back. Stan Harris (Robert DeNiro), who is Claire's father, lies dying in a hospital bed wanting only to see the ball drop one more time. Stan is tended by Nurse Aimee (Hale Berry) and a doctor played by Cary Elwes. In the same hospital, Tess (Jessica Biel) and Griffin (Seth Meyers) Byrne vie with Grace (Sarah Paulsen) and James (Til Scheiger) Schwab for the $25,000 prize for the "first baby of the new year." Ashton Kutcher plays Randy as a fellow trapped elevator occupant with Jensen back-up singer Elise (Lea Michelle).

Almost as a thread to bind all the other subplots together is recording executive assistant Ingrid (Michelle Pfiefer), who just quit her job, and Paul (Zac Effron), a delivery courier, spending the last hours of 2011 trying to fulfill all of Ingrid's New Year's Resolutions.

There are a number of other subplots in this 112-minute film but enough is enough, especially since I am not a movie critic. Let me get to the main reason most of our readers visit our pages - the content.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 91 out of 100
The only issues of violence in the entire 112 minutes of the program were Ingrid nearly getting hit by a cab and slaps in Jensen's face by Laura.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 11 out of 100
Abigail Breslin plays Hailey, a 15 year old daughter of Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) and delivers round after round of disrespect to her mother since mom will not let Hailey roam the NYC streets alone at midnight. Hailey tried to use her "adult" body to claim she is grown up and should be allowed to do "adult" things. Hailey (Breslin) lifted her shirt to expose her chest to the subway train station commuters (and 200,000,000 moviegoers) and claim "This is not a training bra" and adds "I am an honors student! I don't drink or do drugs!" "But its like you don't trust me!" and walks away from her mother on the last syllable before her mother could reply: a typical unfair argument tactic. A teen girl exposing her chest to the people of a subway train station would not be a good way to garner trust in the girl's level of wisdom and coping skills let alone her inhibitions and self control. [Exod. 20:12. This is one of the Ten Commandments!]

Yes, I almost treat what I see in a movie as real since the influence is real. I could not tell you how many times I have actually witnessed youth emulating a behavior because they saw the behavior onscreen ... the behaviors of local teen drivers after The Fast and the Furious being only one example. That behavioral implantation goes especially for language: the 12 uses of profanity plus the single use of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] and arrogance/rebellion [1 Cor. 15:33].

Additional examples of impudence and/or hatred include deceit, coaching to lie and lying. [Rev 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 23 out of 100
There was no nudity noted except for Kutcher coming out of a door nude at least from the waste up saying to a leaving woman things were just getting warmed up. But the sexually oriented innuendo, crude remarks and physical behaviors were enough to make the magnitude of the content equivalent to the same in many R-rated features. Please look to the listing in the Findings section for a complete accounting of the findings made by this investigation area. [Also Rev. 21:8, 1 John 2:16, Rev. 22:15] And Ps. 12:8 fits as well regarding the desensitization created by embracement of such sexually immoral content in and as entertainment.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 76 out of 100
Oddly enough for a PG-13 movie let alone a PG-13 movie about a New Year's Eve celebration, it is not saturated with drinking and drunkenness and no teen drinking/drunkenness at all. Yes, there is one instance of adult drinking and one instance of adult drunkenness but that is all. No smoking, no illegal drugs and no abuse of prescription drugs. The majority of the alcoholic content of this film is the repeated appearance of booze of one kind or another.

Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
The loss of points due to content in this investigation area was solely due to abuse of God's name. [Deut. 5:11] Though each of them was without the four letter expletive, leaving off the four letter expletive does not absolve the one who speaks His name in vain. Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title even if as a euphemism. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or "It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no portrayals of murder or suicide noted in this film.



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  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [The "whoremonger" (the sexually immoral) may be summed up as the one who chooses to freely participate in any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh], the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs [animals], those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    New Year's Eve (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 91 out of 100
  • pedestrian inattention nearly causing traffic injury
  • slap to the face, twice

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 11 out of 100
  • 12 uses of profanity
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • deceit
  • coaching to lie
  • teen girl planning to deceive mother
  • lie, repeatedly
  • teen disrespect to mother re: too little freedom, repeatedly
  • three uses of masked profanity
  • teen girl runaway

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 23 out of 100
  • vulgar comment
  • embracing casual sex as entertainment
  • man wanting jumping woman to keep jumping
  • comment to place women as female bodies only
  • comment to encourage immoral sex
  • sexual offer, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • teen girl exposing her chest in a subway train station
  • planning to get drunk and watch porn
  • crude slang terms re: intercourse and nudity, repeatedly
  • urination
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • sexual aggression, female to male, repeatedly
  • male to male mouth kiss
  • suggestion of intercourse
  • motions of oral sex with comment

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 76 out of 100
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, once

    Offense to God (O) - 85 out of 100
  • four abuses of God's name

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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