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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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In The Night Before, which Levine directed and co-wrote, sweetness and crudity mingle from the outset.
It's a conceited semi-stoner adventure set on Christmas Eve, with mawkish top notes of male self-pity.
Seth Rogen bursts with inventive exuberance in this schematic but genial holiday comedy about millennials settling down.
A lazy and not very funny stoner comedy.
A smartly built, chemically-enhanced Christmas story about growing up that you can't watch with the grown-ups - at least, not the ones who will get bothered by dick pics.
A finely tuned comedy machine, a film that not only works as a standalone contemporary project, but one that will come to be viewed in five, 10, 15 years as a snapshot of industry players at their prime, and a handy guide to before-they-were-famous icons.
I found enough laughs -- and heart -- to be entertained. If you are looking for a holiday film that's a bit dazed and confused, you will probably agree.
An amiable festive comedy which touches brilliance (them) and despair (me). It's like a dream where you have to be somewhere by a certain time but you keep being waylaid en route, which made watching it anxiety-inducing. Jillian Bell is a hoot, of course.
An Acid-Tripped Holiday Fairytale
It might not supplant "It's a Wonderful Life" in the pantheon of required December viewing, but I recommend giving it a spot in your holiday rotation.
If you can handle the truth, or at least a little light-hearted holiday humor, you'll get a kick out of this movie.
Michael Shannon plays a drug dealer selling three different kinds of weed for the occasion, built around the concept of past, present, and future; buy your ticket now
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
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.
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.
It is one night in the life of 3 men in a perpetual state of adolescence. The feeble set-up keeps promising that something TOTALLY UH-MAZE-ZING is going to happen. It never does. (Unless watching Miley Cyrus lip sync "Wrecking Ball" is your idea of the most awesomest thing ever.) They play a giant toy piano at FAO Schwartz à la the movie Big, sing "Christmas in Hollis" in karaoke bar, hang out with Ethan's ex-girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan), then irritate her best friend Sarah (Mindy Kaling). A major plot development happens when Isaac receives some racy texts after he accidentally takes Sarah's phone. Isaac is perpetually under the influence of drugs which means he's unhinged the entire time. Michael Shannon pops up occasionally as their disturbingly peculiar pot dealer. He's kind of a welcome presence actually. None of the three dudes' adventures are even remotely funny. That is until about halfway through when Isaac winds up in a Catholic church wearing his blue Hanukkah sweater. Isaac is still tripping out and he's feeling a bit self-conscious. Then he hallucinates a baby is cursing at him. I laughed then and I think I chuckled again somewhere before the end. 2 stars, one for each guffaw.
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