Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Michael Shannon
When was the last time you really laughed to a point where you were in stitches? These moments don’t come around very often which is a perfect excuse to go and see The Night Before showing at cinemas now. The film is directed by Jonathan Levine and is produced by the talented and funny Seth Rogen so you know it’s going to be good.
Friends Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) are long term friends from school who became practically family after Ethan’s parents died. As his they died on Christmas Eve, each year on the night before Christmas, the guys head out in New York for a crazy night. Circumstances begin to change as they venture into adulthood, with Isaac expecting a baby and Chris experiencing an overload of fame and commitments, so they decide to make this their last year of the Christmas Eve ritual.
Every year they have hoped to attend the most talked about event of the season, The Nutcracker Ball, but sadly were never able to secure tickets. Finally with a little luck (or a Christmas miracle you could say), they manage to steal three invites and begin their last night together as carefree individuals.
The film opens with a traditional Christmas storybook tale which was impressively narrated by Tracy Morgan. Although the boys have been close all these years, each of them are dealing with their own underlying issues with Isaac petrified about becoming a new dad and Chris more concerned with his social media account and impressing his team mates then spending quality time with his friends. Ethan has his own problems after losing his girlfriend and having no career or direction in his early 30s.
With these emotional problems combined with some illegal drugs, hilarious events unfold which will leave you laughing uncontrollably at their expense. You will see a few familiar faces in the cast with appearances by Miley Cyrus, James Franco and Mindy Kaling.
This movie could not have come at a better time of year and provides something new. I would rate this as one of the best Christmas comedies ever made with a humorous script designed to have you in stitches. The story focused on friendship, sending the message that although you get older and have your own commitments in your day to day lives, it’s important to make an effort to maintain your friendships otherwise they deteriorate.