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The Night Before (1988)





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In this unusual teen comedy, the most popular girl in school embarks upon the worst date of her life after she loses a bet and is forced to attend the prom with the school's biggest nerd. The trouble begins when her doofous date gets lost en route and they end up stranded on the worst side of town.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Keanu Reeves
as Winston Connelly
Lori Loughlin
as Tara Mitchell
Chris Herbert
as Brother
Michael Greene
as Capt. Mitchell
Pamela Gordon
as Burly Waitress
David Sherrill
as Danny Boy
P-Funk All Stars
as Rat's Nest Band
Israel Juarbe
as Attendant
Charles Grueber
as Customer
Ned Bellamy
as Tuff #2
Kim Ornitz
as Derelict #1
Diane Rodriguez
as Woman in Restroom
Larry Mintz
as Cueball
Bobby McGee
as Willis
Wren T. Brown
as Harold
Lucille Bliss
as Gal Baby
Clifton Wells
as Gardener
Alan Toy
as Newsie
DeForest Covan
as Concierge
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Critic Reviews for The Night Before

All Critics (2)

Aside from a few decent moments, the film never lives up to the promise of its set-up.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009

the film kept me interested through the end, and I enjoyed the diversion from the typical 80s teen comedy

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for The Night Before

An 80's teen movie with the standard comedy plot of a popular girl losing a bet where she has to go to prom with a nerd... then the nerd sells her into sex slavery. Ha! Classic.

Rob Paine
Rob Paine

A funny teen comedy, but it's got a predictable, silly, and typical story. Keanu is cute and funny, but that's about it. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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A dorky, high school senior (Keanu Reeves) gets to take out popular girl Lori Loughlin (TV's Full House) after she loses a bet (this side story is never fully explored and as a result, the film seems to condone her behavior, which is unfortunate), but the two never make it to the prom and instead go through one hell of a night which, unfortunately, Reeves does not remember. The film jumps right into it with Reeves in an alleyway, confused and devoid of any recent memory. He, along with the audience scour the empty ghettos in search of answers which lead him to find out he mistakenly drove through the slums with his prom date where they stumble into a night club to get extra money, but Reeves gets drugged and he mistakenly sells Loughlin to a pimp that runs those slums. After Reeves and the viewers get caught up to speed, he spends the next half the film searching for Loughlin, leading towards meeting an assortment of shady and comical characters. Surprisingly, this lost 80's film manages to be somewhat entertaining and hit a lot of comical notes, which is not surprisingly considering director Thom Eberhardt previously showed off his comedy (and horror) directing skills with Night of the Comet. Reeves pretty much plays that same wooden character we've come to expect from him, but at this point in his career, this was his first full-fledged comedy film, not to mention complete lead, as he carries this film from start to finish. Loughlin is not bad to watch as is the rest of the cast. Overall, a surprisingly entertaining 80's gem.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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