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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:
... Ethan
... Isaac
... Chris
... Betsy
... Diana
... Cindy (as Helene Yorke)
... Mr. Green
... Sarah
... Rebecca Grinch
... Tommy Owens
... Narrator / Santa
Darrie Lawrence ... Nana
... Joshua
... James Franco
... 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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Their past, present and future. All in one night. 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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20 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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Some of this movie was filmed in August. The cast said they felt really hot in the Christmas sweaters they had to wear outdoors in summer. See more »

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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 »

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Betsy: You have been such a ROCK throughout this whole pregnancy. You are like my DWAYNE JOHNSON.
Isaac: Thank you!
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References TMZ on TV (2007) See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Ode to Joy)
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Excrement
2 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Another garbage man-boy comedy about an adult in his thirties who finally decides to grow up (to get a girl, naturally). He's got two friends who have seemingly already grown up but, of course, we'll see they really haven't. You can check off most of the expected clichés that you find in these movies, particularly the ones that Seth Rogen is involved in. There's the couple expecting a baby and, of course, there's nothing remotely happy about that. Because in these things parents and those about to become parents just hate their kids and are filled with resentment and loathing towards them because they're nothing but burdens that keep the parents from partying it up and having "fun." There's also an inordinate amount of time spent on the tired joke of the guy who doesn't normally do drugs suddenly doing a lot of drugs. It's sad that Mr. Rogen and his comedy writing buddies seem to think we still live in the 1970s. This isn't some moral issue for me, railing against drug depictions in films or something. It's just so passé at this point. Does anybody still find it provocative, let alone funny? Some fresh material is all I'm asking for. Anyway, the movie also peddles in more recent (but equally tired) clichés, such as the fascination recent comedies have with showing penises for cheap laughs. Oh, and the cast has no chemistry. I did not buy for one second that these three men would be friends. It's just such a POS movie. I'm going to give it a 3 for Michael Shannon's small part but I wouldn't recommend anyone watching it.


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