The Night Before

The Night Before

DVD - 2016
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Ethan, Isaac and Chris 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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD NIGHT B
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby Digital,rda
1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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SLAC
Jun 30, 2017

This movie is so funny.
Perfect funny movie to watch after the kids go to bed and you just need a good laugh.

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kdrabek
May 10, 2017

I agree with others here that Seth Rogen's movie roles can be wildly uneven. I had low expectations and was expecting more gross out humour and drug/alcohol excess. But I was pleasantly surprised. Though it was a little too long, this wasn't predictable and didn't shy away from demonstrations of genuine masculine friendship that didn'tt involve hitting each other or jokes made to hide emotion. The piano scene was a great twist on a now classic and the writers neither exaggerated the good aspects of Christmas nor mocked it relentlessly. Mindy Kaling does her usual profane, vulgar shtick. The Hanukah sweater was funny, as was Betsy, whom the movie allows to be that rare wife that doesn't try to stop the three friends from doing exactly as they please....even acting as her husband's dealer.

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wtf_this_sucks
Mar 09, 2017

I wasn't expecting this movie to be any good. Movies with Seth Rogen are either a huge miss or a huge hit. This for me was pretty good.
Made me laugh out loud on several occasions and had a nice friendy touchy-feelly thing going on.
Some drug referencing and sex stuff so don't watch with the kids unless you plan on have a good ol' chat about somethings.
Marked down on a couple of stars, as parts of it were dragged out, or over the top at times.
Otherwise fun film

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dupree905
Feb 05, 2017

has the moments but it shouldn't have been a comedy film, this has strong character moments and pretends to be something it most certainly is not.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Dec 28, 2016

Unfunny, even painful, waste of time. I sat through most of this film wondering when I might have a chance to laugh at some clever quip or funny set-up, but alas...

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lukasevansherman
Dec 17, 2016

With a Seth Rogen movie, you almost always know what you're getting. Occasionally he'll mix it up, like playing Steve Wozniak in "Steve Jobs," but mostly it's him and his crew making dumb, funny stoner buddy comedies. This is their holiday movie and it's dumb and funny, but also wildly uneven and at least 20 minutes too long. Rogen's joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie (Hey, a black friend!), and, best of all, Michael Shannon in a rare comic turn as a drug dealer. The always delightful Lizzy Caplan is underused. Expect lots of cameos. The church scene may be the funniest. Rogen, JoGoLev, and director Jonathan Levine also worked together on the cancer movie "50/50."

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BridgettM
Dec 03, 2016

It's not for everyone, and you need to find lowbrow humor funny to like it. It's similar to other movies Seth Rogen has been in--a continuing stoner-growing-up theme--but I enjoyed it more than most of his other movies. It benefits from a fun cast as well as Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies and The Wackness) directing and on the writing team. Michael Shannon always gives a great performance. It's not on par with A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or Elf, holiday movies I try to watch almost every year, but I would watch it again. I recommend it for Seth Rogen fans and those who were children in the '80s or '90s (there are some good references that relate to those decades) or are younger than that. The Night Before is rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 10, 2016

I guess if you plan to get extremely drunk and do a bunch of drugs on Christmas Eve, you might not hate this movie. You won't like it, but at least you won't think your evening as wasted. I guess they thought a truly lame nod at Dickens would class it up--but it just reinforced that in adult men the Peter pan Syndrome is just sad (I can't even pity them). I would like to have given a NEGATIVE 2 stars.

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StarLord21
Jul 14, 2016

Not my favorite Seth Rogen comedy but it had some pretty great moments. Like Michael Shannon's character and the crucifixion of "the white Jesus".

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SmartAssAWhip
Jun 30, 2016

Even silly comedy was not attempted here, let alone anything clever. It felt like a sappy Judd Apatow movie, minus the occasional funny improvised lines. So banal.

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