The Night Before follows the story of three childhood friends, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie). Ever since the death of Ethan's parents over a decade ago, the three of them have had a Christmas Eve tradition where they go out and party all night, participating in as many outrageous things as possible. But this Christmas, the three of them intend to change that. Isaac is about to have a baby with his wife (Jillian Bell) and Chris is becoming way too famous to be spending the night on drugs and alcohol. It's time they ended that tradition. However, the three of them aren't going to end on a low note. No, they're going to end it with a bang. They're going to attend the Nutcracker ball, which is described as the holy grail of parties.
I'm a big Seth Rogen fan so when put together with Joseph Gordon Levitt, who I also adore, and Anthony Mackie, nothing could go wrong. The three have excellent chemistry, their styles of humour perfectly matched. They each bring a different dynamic to the film, providing us with a variety of laugh out loud jokes. They're three very different characters that, when put together, result in a very, very, very entertaining movie that I cannot wait to revisit. My annual Christmas movie marathon just got a bit longer.
The Night Before is directed by Jonathan Levine. Levine has directed one of my all time favourite movies, 50/50, which also stars Rogen and Levitt. 50/50 is a film that makes me cry every single time, even when I just watch one of the damn scenes on YouTube. It's a tear jerker, alright. If you haven't seen that movie before, you must. With The Night Before, it really surprised me just how sweet and touching this film got. It's not on the same level as 50/50, but it did put a massive smile on my face. It's a Christmas comedy with a lot of heart.