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The Night Before

TheNightBefore2015posterSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been cash cows in the vein of 1990s Adam Sandler films over the past decade+.  They’re the writer/producer team behind Pineapple Express, Superbad, and This is the End to name a few.  It’s not that these films are amazing, but all of them have a few epic scenes that make them semi-classics.  I use that term loosely.  The Night Before is no different and offers up a ton of laughs, and a few epic scenes as well that make them riot-fests.

The film follows Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt), Issac (Seth Rogen), and Chris (Anthony Mackie) on Christmas Eve through the past 14 years.  This year on Christmas Eve will be the last that the three friends will spend together in epic blowout fashion.  Their tradition began years ago when Ethan’s parents were killed in a car crash and he was left alone for Christmas.  Issac and Chris promised to be his family from here on out.

As the years have passed, life has changed for Issac and Chris.  Issac now has a family, and Chris is working on a burgeoning NFL career.  They just don’t have the time to do this every year anymore with Ethan. Ethan on the other hand hasn’t progressed much in life over those years.  In fact he’s regressed.  He can’t move forward even in his relationships.  Diana (Lizzy Caplan), Ethan’s Ex, show’s up in the film as well and we soon learn about all the hang-ups that Ethan has had over the years, explaining his current predicament.

As the three guys meet up on their last Christmas Eve adventure, Ethan is holding something very special. Something they’ve been on the search for ever since they started this ritual.  Issac is holding a boatload of drugs, much of which he’ll be doing on his own.  Chris is holding on to a few secrets.  They’re ready to take this night by storm for the very last time, and they’re bring us with them…along with their drug-dealer Mr. Green.

What follows is pretty much what you would expect from a movie of this kind.  Hijinx, after hijinx, after hijinx.  There’s a lot of great hilarious scenes, and a couple that will get you non stop laughing.  There’s fart jokes, and weed jokes, and dick jokes, and all other kinds of juvenile and childish humor, but that’s what you want from this type of movie.  You want to go in to this type of movie without any real desire for substance, and that’s why it works.  That’s why it’s fun.  That’s why you should see it.

Grade: B+