In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.
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"If you've seen one Seth Rogen film, you've seen them all"? Don't care. This bromantic festive ride is a bit of a treat. Much like 'Bachelorette', it fits its criteria as an unapologetically witty, sub-culturally savvy, low-brow comedy caper. Michael Shannon's cameo as a quietly intense drug dealer just about steals the show. Great ensemble to boot.
"F..k you baby" While the laughter may not be consistent there are some really wonderful moments sprinkled throughout this holiday confection. Levitt and Rogen continue their chemistry from Levine's '50-50' ably supported by Mackie but the film is nearly stolen by Michael Shannon. It's no holiday classic but well worth a seasonal watch.
Considering that the once-quite-likeable Seth Rogen has so fastidiously worn out his welcome (to my mind) it is somewhat surprising that he stands out so obviously amidst the other principals in this low-stakes gambit. The other main characters are all whitewashed into a corner. That all these bro comedies are so insistent on selling pure patriarchy remains dispiriting. Fun perhaps-not-so-innocent garbage culture.
This is one hilarious film but to be honest Seth Rogen is the main source of the hilarity, although the rest of the cast and the cameos that follow are absolutely brilliant and make this another holiday classic.
In my eyes really two competing films, a bad humourless christmas comedy with dour people trying to solve their boring people problems, and a great tripper film with Seth Rogen and Michael Shannon stumbling through with disdain for all the emotional lessons to be learnt. I wish they'd made the latter and don't understand the penchant for good comedy to be ruined by plodding emotion/development scenes.
Fun holiday fodder, perfect for someone who just wants to be entertained by their movies. The ensemble cast is impressive, including everyone from Michael Shannon to Ilana Glazer to Nathan Fielder(!) The Night Before is not striving or managing to be a work of art.
Innocuous stoner fun that, like most of the genre films, most comparably "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," gets a bit too obsessed with male anatomy and homoerotic bro-talk that it forgets to examine the heart and real conversational wit all these actors are capable of delivering. However, it's a much more pleasant ride than "Love the Coopers" at the very least.