The Night Before

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The Night Before provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn't quite as consistent as the classics.



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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.


Michael Shannon
as Mr. Green
Lorraine Toussaint
as Mrs. Roberts
Tracy Morgan
as Narrator/Santa
Aaron Hill
as Tommy Owens
Ilana Glazer
as Rebecca Grinch
James Franco
as Himself
Miley Cyrus
as Herself
Baron Davis
as As Himself
Chuck Muckle
as Piano Playing Uncle
Curt Bouril
as Cindy's Husband
Brooke Liddell
as Cindy's Daughter
Kiley Liddell
as Cindy's Daughter
Jason Mantzoukas
as Bad Santa #1
Jason Jones
as Bad Santa #2
Clem Cheung
as Deli Owner
Harolyn Blackwell
as Opera Singer
Natalie Knepp
as Coat Check Girl
Jeremy Vimes
as Hunan Waiter
Gabriel Long
as Karaoke Singer #3
Michaela Sprague
as Isaac's Daughter
Euan Morton
as Coat Check Patron
Richard Hughes
as Train Conductor
Stacy Jones
as Bandleader/Drummer
Jamie Arentzen
as Guitar Player #1
Jaco Caraco
as Guitar Player #2
Mike Schmid
as Keys Player
Vashon Johnson
as Bass Player
Julia Ross
as Background Vocal #1
Danielle Elliott
as Background Vocal #2
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  • Dec 26, 2018
    Not terrible. It had some laughs. Better than I thought it would be.
    Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2016
    As far as stoner movies goes this one is a bad trip. Lots of flat scenes and awkward moments. There a few belly laughs, but the temptation to reach for the remote and FF begins about ten minutes in. Too bad, all of the leads and supporting cast are talented and likable.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Yes, it took me a few extra months to see The Night Before, which is geared toward seeing during the Christmas/Hannukah months, but it's never a bad idea to watch a raunchy comedy with as talented a cast as Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackey and Joseph Gordon-Levit now is it? So while I am just now catching up, even without watching it during the aforementioned holidays, I still found myself succumbing to the holiday spirit. Rogen, Mackey and JGL venture off into the night in attempts to reach an historic party they've never been able to get to over the 15 or so years since they started a tradition of being together for the holidays. And while the meat of the movie doesn't rest on JGLs parents dying resulting in this tradition, it does lay the groundwork for the overall theme of the picture; growing up is hard to do. We've seen it time and time again. How does one accept responsibility when there's a child on the way or you begin to deal with fame or blah blah blah show me some hilarious partying and hijinks please! While certain moments do give you the giggles courtesy of Rogen primarily, Mackey comes in a close second with JGL lagging way behind. In fact, the best performance outside Rogen is Michael Shannon. What a delight to see him play against-type as Mr. Green, appropriately named. The other guest spots are fun, though brief, and Lizzie Caplan and Jillian Bell are severely underused with such strong comedic prowess they have. While The Night Before projects itself as a stoner Christmas comedy, unfortunately, it falls short by not going far enough with the outlandish to represent the former and instead tries to instill values and life lessons falling more in the latter.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2016
    Plain and simple, this movie is hilarious. Right from the beginning I was sold on the premise, and the comedy never stops. Calling this a great Christmas movie is disrespectful. The Night Before is a great movie.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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