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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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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 »


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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

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Ethan, Isaac, and Chris are all dancing on the Big Piano at F.A.O. Schwarz, the song they perform is "Runaway" by Kanye West featuring Pusha T. 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

Chris: [after slipping on assorted objects] She Home Alone'd me!
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The movie opens with the 1981 Columbia Pictures logo. See more »

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References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of EMI Entertainment World, Inc. on behalf of Phil Spector Records
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Dull and tonally awkward.
8 December 2015 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

In the vein of Bad Santa and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation comes this strictly-for-adults Christmas-themed comedy that, going by the fantastic trailer alone, you would expect to be filled to the brim with hearty entertainment. Unfortunately The Night Before is one of those saddening experiences in which the trailer features all of the good bits and, worse still, even those moments aren't that funny once put into context. Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie play three mates who have celebrated Christmas together ever since high school– with tacky annual traditions and all – but are now heading in different directions. These genuinely hilarious actors throw everything but the kitchen sink at the screen in an effort to lift the otherwise lacklustre material, yet witnessing their effortless chemistry only underscores how much of a wasted opportunity this movie really is. As one of four scribes and the sole director, Jonathan Levine has to shoulder a large portion of the blame. There are jokes that fall so flat it's curious as to how Levine let them slide, both before and during production. The tone is also extremely wonky, veering from crude humour to mawkish sentimentality with the flip of a switch. These sudden mood changes muddy the aim of the film entirely and result in lengthy periods of corny emotion. Oh, and watching Rogen high on drugs has already worn exceptionally thin, so whoever decided it would be a good idea to have him strung out on mushrooms and cocaine for the whole movie should be banned from Hollywood. A nearly completely laugh-free affair (save for an amusing cameo late in the piece), The Night Before squanders its potential and ensures its place alongside any number of Vince Vaughn-led Yuletide yarns.


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