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15 New Year's Eve Lessons From Film & TV

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    New Year's Eve is the day after tomorrow and you still have no idea what you're doing. Sounds about right. Like most people, we have a bone to pick with the person who decided to jam another pressure-intensive holiday a week after the chaos of Christmas. Then there are those creeps who invented bottle service, Uber surge pricing, and the opportunity to pay upwards of $100 for the exact same club experience you had last weekend for free. Also, Ryan Seacrest. What's his deal?

    Before you slap on a festive tiara and start shopping for cava that might fool people into thinking it's Veuve, take some New Year's Eve pointers from the folks responsible for building it up so big: Hollywood! Like Christmas, NYE has inspired many a TV show and film, including that silly Katherine Heigl/Lea Michele/Jon Bon Jovi one which you can rest assured is not included here. (Yes, it's that bad.)

    What can we learn from these festive scenes? How can we make our night a little less of a letdown? What truths does Hollywood have to tell? Glad you asked...

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    Lesson #1: Every Party Has A Pooper.

    Forrest Gump, 1994

    Lt. Dan is too mopey to get in the party spirit. Forrest thinks his prostitute tastes like cigarettes. It's hard to tell which one is the bigger buzzkill here, but here's the lesson: Surround yourself with people who are in the same party frame of mind.

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    Lesson #2: The Love Of Your Life Will Swoop In Right At Midnight To Kiss You.

    The O.C., 2003

    Oh, Ryan and Marissa. Where did it all go wrong? Anyway, stop looking at your watch and don't worry about a backup kisser. He/she will be there. Any second now...

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    Lesson #3: No, Seriously, It'll Happen.

    When Harry Met Sally, 1989

    Don't leave the party. He or she is probably stuck in traffic or jogging over from Washington Square, calculating the countless annoying quirks of yours that are actually adorable. Have some more Champagne.

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    Lesson #4: If You Don't Have A Love Of Your Life, Call A Friend...

    Sex and the City, 2008

    Ain't no shame in that game. A great friend will run through the city in the snow to keep you company. These people should be treasured forever.

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    Lesson #5: Or, Just Invite Your Work Crush To "Watch The Ball Drop." Alone.

    The X-Files, 1999

    Smooth, Mulder. Very smooth.