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The Night Before (2015)

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On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy (as Helene Yorke)
Mr. Green
Rebecca Grinch
Tommy Owens
Narrator / Santa
Darrie Lawrence ...
James Franco


Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball - the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Three wise men. One wild Christmas. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night Before  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,880,536 (USA) (20 November 2015)


$43,035,725 (USA) (8 January 2016)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed under the name "X-mas." See more »


When Ethan has dinner at Chris' mother's house, he dials a number on his iPhone, but he actually types it in the calculator app. See more »


James Franco: [texting] You said you've never sucked a dick before. But tonight you're gonna.
Isaac: [thinking] Man I guess that settles it. Isaac Greenberg is sucking his first dick tonight!
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Crazy Credits

The movie opens with the 1981 Columbia Pictures logo. See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


Get Down
Written by Dan Nakamura, Emily Wells and Lateef Dumont (as Lateef Daumont)
Performed by Pillowfight
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Laughs are on the house, but perhaps not for everyone
12 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg reunite once again after working together with some of the most memorable comedies including 'Superbad', 'This Is The End', and 'Neighbors'. From the director Jonathan Levine comes a holiday comedy with both ridiculous laughter and a heart-filling message about friendship. The film stars Seth Rogen, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as Isaac, Ethan, and Chris, three longtime best friends who spend every Christmas together with nights of drinking and utter debauchery. However, as these men are grow further and further into their adulthood; with Isaac fixing to have a child with his fiancée Betsy (played by Jillian Bell), Chris moving on with his football career, and Ethan still struggling on what to make of his life after his parents were killed years ago; they see Christmas may be their last Christmas together. So these three decide go out on a night of drinking and endless partying, but as you might expect; things turn out a little different from what they were expecting.

For a movie produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, a smorgasbord of vulgar humor and sex gags should come to no surprise, but unlike most of their comedies, this one comes with both a heart alongside its vulgarity. From the opening scene introducing Joseph-Gordon Levitt's character Ethan with Tracy Morgan performing as a narrator we learn about the death of his parents and how his friends Isaac and Chris establish a sincere friendship with him by promising to be with him so he'll never be alone. From there on, these characters are then involved in a series of hilarious shenanigans and drug trips, and they deliver plenty of off-the-walls humor and chemistry with each other as well as the supporting cast. Now the film is not always as funny as it should be, some of the jokes don't land or just come off flat, but its still easy to stay glued with the characters and their hilarity. Most of the humor comes from the typical sex category, a few jokes about Seth Rogen being Jewish, and of course, some drug-related humor. Arguably most entertaining scene may come from a cameo by Miley Cyrus during a party scene. While some viewers get a sheer kick out of the humor, some may be more pleased by the touching message of being their for your friends when you need them, a strong message these characters carry throughout the film.

The Night Before is not likely to go down a classic holiday comedy, but for what its worth, it is still funny and had me laughing a fair amount of times. This movie is good one to watch, but perhaps for everyone. If you are Seth Rogen, you are more likely to enjoy this more than others, even if its not the best of Rogen and Goldberg's works

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