It was just a year ago when Seth Rogen and James Franco nearly started a war between America and North Korea with their satire, The Interview. The film was nearly banned from playing on any screen, North Korea threatening to bomb all of the cinemas. It was crazy. Now, a year later, Seth Rogen has returned, and this time around the film isn't nearly as controversial. Instead of blowing up Kim Jong-Un while playing Katy Perry's Fireworks, Rogen and co have decided to make a raunchy, drug induced Christmas movie. Because why not?
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the funniest movie of 2015. The trailer for The Night Before had me laughing, but it wasn't something that made this movie a must see. I. WAS. WRONG. The Night Before is the must see comedy of the year and with Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time. I don't say this about very many comedies, but 95% of the jokes in this film had me belly laughing. I haven't laughed this hard in a theatre all year, so props to the cast and crew behind this soon-to-be Christmas classic.
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 three leads are great, but when you throw the excellent and charismatic supporting cast into the mix as well, things can only get better. From Lizzy Caplan to Mindy Kaling to a bunch of celebrity cameos, The Night Before is the comedy that keeps on giving. While the film's plot is incredibly thin, the supporting cast each provide a minor sub-plot that just makes the film all the more worthwhile. Each cast member allows for an unexpected and hilarious sequence or two, all of which end up tying together in one way or another. It's comedy gold.
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.
To sum up, The Night Before is a Christmas comedy that will be remembered. It's funny, charming, sweet and charismatic, Levine bringing the emotional impact from his earlier films, while the three leads all bring the belly laughs. It's an absolute treat.