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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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Jonathan Levine

Writers:

Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Kyle Hunter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 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

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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,035,725, 10 January 2016
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 they are in Manhattan and getting on the F Train at Church Avenue the location is incorrect. The Church Avenue station is located in the neighborhood of Kensington in Brooklyn, Ny. See more »

Quotes

Isaac: [when he gets a World's Smallest Cock mug] You knew!
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Thanks to Santa Claus See more »

Connections

References Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are Alive
Written by Jonathan Spero, Matthew Simmers and Christopher Barlow
Performed by Terravita
Courtesy of Gravelpit Music
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This movie is so bad it should be rated below zero
21 November 2015 | by jwbellerSee all my reviews

My wife and I go to all types of movies, from independent films like Far From the Madding Crowd (good) to films like Trainwreck (excellent), Spectre (only average), to low brow movies like Horrible Bosses (excellent) and We're The Millers (very good). They all look like masterpieces when compared to The Night Before.

There is no real plot here, just three guys trying to enjoy a night out (Christmas Eve) on the town. I like Seth Rogen but he is awful here. There are several gross out scenes for cheap laughs (I may have laughed twice in the whole movie), and a supporting cast that is completely wasted. Lizzy Caplan who is so fabulous in Masters of Sex is completely misused here (must have needed a new patio).

I assumed that with a Metecritic score of 58 and the Washington Post reviewer giving it 2.5 stars the movie wouldn't be horrible, and even if it had no redeeming value it would be good for a number of laughs. I was so wrong.

I'm temped to go see the other new Christmas movie, Love the Coopers, which has a Metacritic score of 29. Could it really be worse than this movie?

Don't waste your time on this movie (time you'll never get back). Go see Brooklyn (good) or Spotlight (very good) or The Intern (excellent). They are all time well spent.


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