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

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Writers:

Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Kyle Hunter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Ethan
Seth Rogen ... Isaac
Anthony Mackie ... Chris
Jillian Bell ... Betsy
Lizzy Caplan ... Diana
Heléne Yorke ... Cindy (as Helene Yorke)
Michael Shannon ... Mr. Green
Mindy Kaling ... Sarah
Ilana Glazer ... Rebecca Grinch
Aaron Hill ... Tommy Owens
Tracy Morgan ... Narrator / Santa
Darrie Lawrence Darrie Lawrence ... Nana
Nathan Fielder ... Joshua
James Franco ... James Franco
Miley Cyrus ... Miley Cyrus
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Storyline

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 ending, 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

Taglines:

The perfect stoner's Xmas movie. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Director Jonathan Levine revealed on Collider that a lot of the film's comedy was improvised, and the dramatic moments were per the written script, which he admitted was more like an outline guide. See more »

Goofs

When the three of them are running on the snowy street to the hospital and then find the car to borrow, the rest of the street in the distance clearly has no snow. See more »

Quotes

Betsy: You have been such a ROCK throughout this whole pregnancy. You are like my DWAYNE JOHNSON.
Isaac: Thank you!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Winnie the Pooh (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Down
Written by Dan The Automator, Emily Wells and Lateef Dumont (as Lateef Daumont)
Performed by Pillowfight
Courtesy of Bulk Recordings
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Laughed through the whole thing
25 December 2018 | by jasonchhangurSee all my reviews

Can't understand people watching this moving looking for the next mircle on 34th Street....if you watch this for what it is...you will find it hits all the right numbers. References to other Christmas classics throughout, celebrities poking fun at themselves, and just general bafoonary throughout. Rogan out does himself over acting his drug trip and its ups and downs. Great movie. (Horrible 'film'...but great movie)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Before See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,880,536, 22 November 2015

Gross USA:

$43,047,372

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,395,996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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