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The Night Before

1 h 41 min2015X-RayHDRUHD15
Three best friends set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties – and enter a night of debauchery and hilarity.
Jonathan Levine
Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth RogenAnthony Mackie
English [CC]
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Lizzy CaplanJillian BellMindy KalingMichael ShannonLorraine ToussaintRandall ParkIlana GlazerNathan Fielder
Seth Rogen
Columbia Pictures
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1565 global ratings

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  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
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AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Hated it
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First off what I liked about this film, I loved the characters although I thought they could have gelled a bit better, especially Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I thought the story line a bit odd. Celebrating a last Christmas together - none of them were dieing so what was that about. If your best buddies, you are friends for life you don't suddenly switch that off because one becomes famous and another is expecting a baby. So right of the bat I didn't get that. I decided I was over-reading it though and to relax into the film.
I loved the scene where they are in a toy store and there's a floor keyboard. It was great and reminded me of Tom Hanks in Big which I loved. Also I thought the Karaoke scene was fabulous and boy did I love the limo. Never been in one, would love to.
What I hated was the overuse of drugs in this movie. I can see the comic value of a character being stoned and the funny scenarios that could come from that, so I'm not against drugs in films per se, especially if it's in keeping with the story line. However, when one character snorts so much cocaine (that their wife has given them for their Christmas present no less) that their nose bleeds that's a bit too much and the film then takes on a darker mood for me.This movie wasn't so good that it could take the drug scene scenario and remain an out and out comedy and to be honest I lost interest at that point.
No, definitely not for me this one, and certainly not how I like my Christmas movies to play out.
Richard MortonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent slice of Christmas chaos
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As lewd and crude as this certainly is, it's leapt straight onto my list of festive favourites. An adult take on the Christmas flick tradition that brings plenty of laughs, festive spirit(s) and a few nods to classics of years gone by.

The premise is beautifully simple - three best friends have an Xmas tradition of getting together and hitting it hard and fast on the streets of New York City. Now they're at a time of their lives where perhaps, for different reasons, they need to move on and let the tradition end - some may be more willing to let go than others. It's time for one last night of chaos and mayhem which will involve loving, fighting, drugs, karaoke, Midnight Mass, James Franco and much more. And it's brilliant almost every step of the way.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogen are our central trio and they're all excellent alongside several satisfying supporting efforts from other familiar faces. Rogen probably nicks the MVP honours in a drug addled tour de force performance. Alongside the chaos and carnage there's just enough heart to fit the bill - you can't really have a proper Xmas flick without at least a little heart.

Perhaps not to everyone's taste for a Christmas classic but it ticked all the right boxes for me. Top stuff.
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The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Night Before follows the current tradition of a Christmas party comedy, except this one is just as bland as the others.
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The Night Before follows the current tradition of a Christmas party comedy, except this one is just as bland as the others. Really? Why? Why must we have these every year? We've seen one, therefore we've seen them all. This time around we follow three best friends as they party on the night before Christmas. That is it. There is no more context. Sure some weed is stolen, phones are swapped and a karaoke session is performed...but it's just a party. Christmas is a time of reflection. It is a holiday to be spent with loved ones, cherishing all the little idiosyncrasies that friends and family share. But apparently in Hollywood, Christmas is about snorting cocaine, consuming shrooms and fulfilling a joyous night with plenty of regret. However, before you discard me as the local Grinch, I did find this watchable. The narrative does include your typical comedic structure. Main characters have fun, something happens, they fight, they make up. But it's executed in a way where it feels, dare I say, intelligent? No no, I take that back. Let's face it, the cameos and film references is what makes this work. James Franco flirting with Seth Rogen's character is somewhat humorous. Who can top that? Miley Cyrus. You bring in the 'good girl gone bad' popstar to sing "Wrecking Ball". That's how you do it. I actually found her funny. *sigh*...what's wrong with me? The cast was somewhat interesting. Seth Rogen having the most experience steals the limelight, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were just there as a side show. And why oh why oh why is Michael Shannon in this? Why? He's better than this (although he played his role with conviction). The countless film references were horrendous. Die Hard, Home Alone, Big and even The Great Gatsby. Sure this comedy felt Christmassy, but it's just another generic party-a-thon. I feel like I've questioned myself as a film reviewer, why do I put myself through these when I know I won't like them? I guess it's that small glimmer of hope that it might actually break tradition and be memorable. Nope, this isn't it.
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AllthingsgreatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel good typical christmassy film
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I was preparing food and this was just playing while I cooked. It's not one of those films you have to think about plot twists you just get entertained and leaves you smiling. I love the friendship the three characters had together and the issues each had in their very different lives but love the message that lives can get busy but doesn't mean friendship has to end. Yes it is very predictable in parts and occasionally on the cheesy side but I loved watching the characters play out their challenges in their lives and I think it was made quite well as Christmas movies go. These 3 very different friends are at a stage in their lives where they have other priorities in life and going through self discovery and strength of their bond as friends. They all come together to have this last fun night and so much can go wrong. Yes there is a lot of swearing and can be a bit crude at times but a lot of the movie did make me chuckle out loud and that's what a good comedy should do!
I love a feel good Christmas movie to switch off to and yep this was one I enjoyed more than some others. See it!
geordievillanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
we've seen it all before, but still worth chilling out to for a couple hrs.
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TL:DR - the best christmas themed film I've seen in years. Ofc that bar isn't set very high, but still credit where it's due.

Ok so, it's not laugh-outloud funny. And the format is over-done (as are most nowadays) but I still managed to enjoy the film.
There was nothing unpredictable about it whatsoever, but it didn't try to be unpredictable, it just held to a well-worn and successful model and it did ok because of that.
Plus, it beats watching animated animals putting humans to shame all day long. Not a meaningful reason to watch, unless you have kids. If you do, wait til bed time and chuck it on - if nothing else you can pretend to be holding on to your own xmas spirit for a couple hours.

The not-so-subtley-hidden religious commentary throughout was lovely, as was the rejection of typical sit-at-home-and-hand-out-gifts side of xmas. It could be completely ignored mind, and isn't at all relevant to the over-arching storyline but nice to see regardless.
Sandie1971Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seth Rogen doing what he does best! One to watch!!
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Great holiday movie with A twist. Hilarious antics of 3 grown men who relive their youth with great results. If you love Seth Rogen then this is a must.
Back story of being good at xmas but don't let this put you off.
A hidden gem of a film.
But I personally wouldn't pay more than £5 as its not a number one style movie. But don't let that out you Off. But it now and enjoy some light hearted comedy at its best!!!
E. HuntReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
3rd Harold and Kumar film
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The boys are older , one has a father-in-law from hell, the other is at a loose end , he needs his friend. they go in search for a Christmas tree (steal/borrow) as the one set up by the father-in-law has been accidently burnt down . The boys have loads of funny/scary situations to go through. The character Neil Patrick Harris also makes an appearance , which was great
VeraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible language, behaviour and moral
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Wanted to watch for a nice family evening. Started off like an ok movie with a touch too much of swearing. But as of about 15 minutes into the movie it turned into some grotesque swearing and inadequate behaviour galore. Switched off and had to look for something to heal the impression after this "movie" with.
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