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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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Chris
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Cindy (as Helene Yorke)
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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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20 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,880,536 (USA) (20 November 2015)

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$43,035,725 (USA) (8 January 2016)
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In the limousine, Isaac (Seth Rogen) calls Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) by his real name "Joseph". See more »

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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 »

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A rather weird approach to friendship? Or friendship was just an excuse?
18 February 2016 | by (the Edge of the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

Seth Rogen is a rather intelligent producer. He and his pals (including Evan Goldberg, James Franco, Mindy Kaling, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park etc.) have created an unusual semi-surreal kind of weird comedies, like "The interview" and "This is the end".

In The Night Before (2015/II) (because there is another (2015/I) movie with the same name in 2015 starring David Faustino!)...3 friends spend every Xmas together in search for a great party and having a good time. The dramatic element here is that one of them lost his parents in a car accident and the other 2 are trying to be supportive.

The problem is that this movie seems like it is designed to provoke, even shock. Trying to extrude laughter through harsh and dramatic situations without actually entering the limits of a black comedy.

Drugs and "tripping" play a major part in the movie. A tone of supernatural. And of course sex and relationships and friendships, the "bro" kind. Yet there are a lot to be desired and a major part of the film, although uneven, takes the lead and makes lifelong friendship to seem like it is just an excuse for some crude jokes like blood from a dripping nose into someone's drink or vomiting into a church during Xmas mass.

Overall: You wont be missing much if you avoid to see this. In the end, the basic idea of bro-friendship seems like an excuse from some surreal gags.


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