’Twas “The Night Before,” a Christmas movie, and all through the flick the laughs just kept coming, according to this chick.
But let’s get this out of the way: “The Night Before” is crude — maybe even blasphemous — and hilarious.
While this is a pretty raunchy comedy, not-so-deep-down it is also a sweet story about three buddies and the difficulties of maintaining adult friendships. Keep in mind “The Night Before” is a 90-minute-long Seth Rogen movie, so it doesn’t make any earth-shattering points about adult friendships in the face of changing priorities and responsibilities. But it does raise these issues (and manage to solve them by the end of the movie).
In this bromance, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) are three childhood besties who have spent every Christmas Eve together since Ethan’s parents died in a car accident 15 yuletides ago.
This Christmas Eve will be the trio’s last night of debauchery since Isaac is about to have a baby and Chris is a football star whose fame gets in the way of his free time.
Poor Ethan hasn’t made much out of himself. He can’t seem to hold down a job or a girlfriend and the end of the annual tradition is a hard pill for him to swallow. As for Isaac, the whole baby thing is starting to freak him out. Chris’s newfound football glory is due to a little more than upping his reps at the gym.
Each year, the guys have tried and failed to find the Nutcracker Ball, the Great White Whale of Christmas Eve parties. Thanks to Ethan’s stint as a coat check elf, he snags three tickets from a rich guy’s coat pocket and they are off in Chris’s Red Bull-sponsored limousine.
Antics ensue: a bad drug trip; a thieving football groupie; a run-in with Ethan’s former girlfriend who he still loves; a fistfight with two doctors dressed as Santas; an appearance by Miley Cyrus.
Although this is a story about the platonic romance between three 30-something men, it follows the same trajectory as a romantic comedy: the friends fight, break up and make up.
But in the end, the ones who are meant to be always end up together, especially on Christmas.