Actors: Jillian Bell, Mindy Kaling, Michael Shannon, Lorraine Toussaint, Randall Park
Directors: Jonathan Levine
Producers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver
Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, Cantonese, Thai, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Thai, Spanish
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2016
Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Run Time: 101 minutes
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While most everyone enjoys a good Christmas movie this time of year, one that gift wraps themes of family, friendship, and faith, others enjoy something that can take those ideas and wrap them in a healthy dose of drug and toilet humor. A film like Bad Santa immediately comes to mind as the nearly-impossible bar to reach, but The Night Before deserves to at least be in the same conversation with that holiday classic. Like the bastard offspring of Pineapple Express and Scrooged, this is a film that manages to stay incredibly sweet and endearing while wrapped in a cloud of weed smoke. It's bound to become an annual holiday tradition in a ton of households.
Writer/director Jonathan Levine gets a chance to reunite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who he worked with on the cancer comedy, 50/50, and once again he's taking some heavy themes and putting a fine touch of tinsel all over them. This time they're joined by the infinite cool of Anthony Mackie, who rounds out their nerdy trio of best friends having one final Christmas Eve bash through the streets of Manhattan. Isaac (Rogen), Chris (Mackie), and Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) have been best friends for years, ever since Ethan was orphaned while in college. Each year they celebrate the holidays together, but life is starting to get in the way. Chris is a famous football star now, while Isaac is about to become a parent for the first time. It's Ethan who is the odd man out; his life isn't really going anywhere, his girlfriend (Lizzie Caplan) dumped him, and he's working as an elf for the Christmas season.
As fortune and a little bit of thievery would have it, Ethan gets his hands on tickets to the sickest Christmas bash in the city, promising their final blowout will be one to remember.