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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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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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Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,880,536, 22 November 2015, Wide Release

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$43,035,725, 10 January 2016
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Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon have played roles in rival comic movies, Mackie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Shannon in DC's Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-starred in DC's The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Seth Rogen starred in The Green Hornet (2011). 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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[Isaac is running out of the church after vomiting]
Isaac: WE DID NOT KILL JESUS! WE DID NOT KILL JESUS!
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Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Performed by Darlene Love
Courtesy of EMI Entertainment World, Inc. on behalf of Phil Spector Records
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A new Christmas movie classic!
20 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

'THE NIGHT BEFORE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Christmas comedy flick, from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It re-teams Rogen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Jonathan Levine (the trio last worked together on 2011's '50/50'). The film tells the story of three best friends (Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie), that reunite for one last Christmas Eve; of partying together (a tradition they've carried on for over a decade), before moving on to different adulthood things (like parenting). The movie was written by Levine, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. It costars Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Mindy Kaling and Michael Shannon. I loved it; like I love nearly every movie Rogen and Goldberg put out!

Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) lost his parents, in a drunk driving accident, over a decade earlier on Christmas Eve. His two best friends, Isaac (Rogen) and Chris (Mackie), have been celebrating the holiday with him, by getting wasted and partying, ever since (on Christmas Eve). Now Isaac is about to have a baby, and Chris is becoming a very popular athlete; so they've decided to end the tradition, with one last big 'night out'. Lots of drugs, sex and other crazy antics follow.

The movie is hilarious, from start to finish; I laughed-out-loud, nearly the entire film. The performances are great, and the script is brilliant. The only problem I have with the movie though, is the cheesy melodrama; whenever the film tries to get too serious, it doesn't work (and the romance sucks). That doesn't take place too often though; other than that, it's a new Christmas movie classic!

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