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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
Jamie Arentzen
as Guitar Player #1
Jaco Caraco
as Guitar Player #2
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 (161) | Top Critics (48)

Whatever, it was light, at times stupid, but entertaining and I was never bored.

September 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The people who made the trailers for 'The Night Before' seem to have a better idea of what it should be than the people who made the movie.

April 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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…

Top marks to Jillian Bell and Michael Shannon for briefly raising the overall tone; brickbats to James Franco for bringing it right back down again.

December 6, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

As with the appalling Pyongyang-set The Interview of last year, The Night Before relies on swearing, stereotypes, causing offence and adolescent sexual jokes for its laughs.

December 4, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Intermittently funny.

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

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