Best New Year’s Movies

Best New Year’s Movies

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher

Here are five relatively family-friendly movies about New Year’s Eve, at least partially, that make for great viewing…

 

1. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

Quality:  * * * *, Acceptability:  +1, 1972:  The classic redemptive adventure movie where Gene Hackman, playing a courageous Protestant reverend, leads a group of survivors out of a gigantic cruise ship capsized on New Year’s Eve. A great Christian movie!

 

2. HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN

Quality:  * * * *, Acceptability:  +3, 1985:  Charlie Brown and his friends celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party.

 

3. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS  

Quality:  * * * *, Acceptability:  +2, 1951:  Gene Kelly recovers his true love at a New Year’s Eve party in one of the great American musicals directed by Vincente Minnelli.

4. AFTER THE THIN MAN

Quality:  * * * *, Acceptability:  +1, 1936:  Nick and Nora Charles get involved in a murder mystery at a New Year’s Eve party. Great light fun, but the Thin Man does love his alcohol, but he also clearly loves his wife.

 

5. THE APARTMENT

Quality: ****, Acceptability:  -1, 1960:  The basic storyline is somewhat racy, but it never is salacious and it has a redemptive message. In it, a man lets his boss and the higher ups in his company use his apartment to cheat on their wives. But, there’s a redemptive ending when the hero helps the girlfriend of his boss when she becomes suicidal out of guilt. True love overcomes in the end, and the hero stands up to his venal boss, played extraordinarily well by Fred MacMurray before he made MY THREE SONS and Disney’s THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR. Caution is advised due to the mature themes.

 

Copyright © 2010 by Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide®

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