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The Night Before – Review


Release Date: 20 November 2015 [USA]
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Jonathan Levine - Kyle Hunter - Ariel Shaffir - Evan Goldberg [Screenplay] - Jonathan Levine [Story]
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Seth Rogen - Anthony Mackie - Jillian Bell



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Posted December 14, 2015 by

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The Night Before Review:

Ethan, Isaac and Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie respectively) hang out every Christmas, a tradition they have kept since 2001, the year Ethan lost his parents. By 2015, the tradition is getting tired. Chris is now a famous football player, Isaac is starting a family while Ethan has failed to launch. This year though will be different for Ethan gets a hold of tickets to the Nutcracker Ball, a legendary Christmas party that has eluded them for years.

The opener tells you what you’re in for, a Christmas template filled in with something less sweet and more adult with jokes and antics three young, drunk men would realistically enjoy.

Ethan is a lovable loser with a priority problem but as silly as the movie stays, JGL puts in the work. He may even bring a tear out of you. Chris/Mackie is the least memorable and hardest to bear with his aggressive advertising and social media-ing. Rogen straight-up steals the show as Hollywood’s go-to-guy for tripping balls, spending almost the entire movie on hard drugs. He gives the movie its funniest scenes involving midnight mass and a refreshingly progressive reaction to receiving surprise dick pics. Michael Shannon turns up as the bizarrely hilarious plot-device drug dealer, meant to be the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future rolled up in one package.

If any movie genre needs the piss took out of it, it’s the Christmas genre. The Night Before is a Christmas movie for the more cynical. While the plot is obligated to resolve itself, saccharine clichés are dodged and we are treated to something more charming, modern and very, very funny.


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