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
As I've said before, I am not really a fan of the kind of explicit comedies coming out of Hollywood nowadays. I'm no prude - it's just that I don't find the parade of drug and sexual humor to be executed in clever and original ways. This may explain why I didn't find much of the humor in "The Night Before" to be all that funny. It seems more determined to shock rather than tickle the audience.
Another problem I had with the movie is that there isn't a terrible amount of plot on display. It seems to play out more often than not as a series of vignettes that are barely tied together. Some sort of strong plot thread probably would have made the story more convincing.
And yet... in a strange way I found the movie watchable. I think the main reason for that was that I found the three main characters surprisingly likable and agreeable. Some of this has to be because of the enthusiastic performances by actors Seth Rogan, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But I think that the screenplay plays a good part of this as well, showing the three main characters to be vulnerable and human despite their raunchy behavior. While all of this is not enough to earn a recommendation from me, it all the same rises this movie from being included in the list of worst holiday movies of all time.
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