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The Night Before (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Night Before provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn't quite as consistent as the classics.

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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.

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Michael Shannon
as Mr. Green
Lorraine Toussaint
as Mrs. Roberts
Tracy Morgan
as Narrator/Santa
Aaron Hill
as Tommy Owens
Ilana Glazer
as Rebecca Grinch
James Franco
as Himself
Miley Cyrus
as Herself
Baron Davis
as As Himself
Chuck Muckle
as Piano Playing Uncle
Curt Bouril
as Cindy's Husband
Brooke Liddell
as Cindy's Daughter
Kiley Liddell
as Cindy's Daughter
Jason Mantzoukas
as Bad Santa #1
Jason Jones
as Bad Santa #2
Clem Cheung
as Deli Owner
Harolyn Blackwell
as Opera Singer
Natalie Knepp
as Coat Check Girl
Jeremy Vimes
as Hunan Waiter
Gabriel Long
as Karaoke Singer #3
Michaela Sprague
as Isaac's Daughter
Euan Morton
as Coat Check Patron
Richard Hughes
as Train Conductor
Stacy Jones
as Bandleader/Drummer
Jamie Arentzen
as Guitar Player #1
Jaco Caraco
as Guitar Player #2
Mike Schmid
as Keys Player
Vashon Johnson
as Bass Player
Julia Ross
as Background Vocal #1
Danielle Elliott
as Background Vocal #2
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Critic Reviews for The Night Before

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38)

In The Night Before, which Levine directed and co-wrote, sweetness and crudity mingle from the outset.

December 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Intermittently funny.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The Night Before pretends to be an anti-Christmas Christmas film but, for all the bad behaviour of its three male leads, ends up just as gloopy and manipulative as any of the other seasonal movies released this year.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a conceited semi-stoner adventure set on Christmas Eve, with mawkish top notes of male self-pity.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The script was semi-improvised, which often shows in the film's loose, mildly chaotic tone, but it also allows the three charismatic stars to riff easily together.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ho-ho-hell no.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Before


The Night Before plasters the formulaic Rogen/Goldberg gags on a Christmas tree. The film is a mishap of a script with just enough laughs to make you forget its flaws and appreciate the sentimentality, or effort of it. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Standard holiday material with everything feeling as if it were plotted at the Tonight Show desk between commercials. Tech references keep this threesome current and Miley Cyrus does a cameo. A few chuckles on this group effort but that's all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


This is just a fun movie for the holidays, but it isn't going to leave a lasting impression on anyone. It is good for a handful of chuckles, but it feels thrown together rather than fully thought out. In any case, Rogen is in fine form, and this movie isn't too long like a lot of films he's in, I guess since this wasn't directed by Apatow.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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