For many of us there are few holiday traditions as sacred as the Christmas movie. From It’s A Wonderful Life to White Christmas, Hollywood has made dozens of touching films that make us think of how special the season is and how much our loved ones mean to us. The Night Before is not one of those movies. The Night Before gives those movies the finger and then blows pot smoke in their face. And it’s hilarious. The second red band trailer is now out and it just shows us more of how utterly wrong this movie is going to be. It can not be stressed enough that this is a red band trailer. The language is awful. Pregnant women dropping F-bombs in church awful. You have been warned.
The film deals with three friends, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie who get together every Christmas Eve. Lives are changing, however, as Rogen's character is about to have a baby and Mackie has become a celebrity (apparently he’s just playing himself) so they are making this their last gathering. Rogen’s pregnant wife has made him a care package of every drug under the sun, and he apparently takes them all, possibly at once. Keep your eyes open for General Zod Michael Shannon as a pot dealer whose wares lead Rogan to one of the most terrifying, dirty, wrong, and hilarious hallucination sequences ever on film.
If you saw Bad Santa and wondered what all the fuss was about this might be the movie for you. While The Night Before trailer may not look that different than many of Rogan’s other comedy efforts, like This is the End or Neighbors that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with liking more than one of these movies and the added comedy of putting all of this humor in a Christmas theme cannot be understated. This movie will almost certainly offend people. Although to be fair, that’s something else that Rogen has done in the past.
While Rogen is the easy one to give the credit to, in this case, he’s really just an actor. The film is directed by Jonathan Levine and the screenplay, which he helped write, is based on his story. Levine previously wrote and directed the zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies. While he’s certainly done comedy before his previous work has not been quite this outrageous.
The Night Before hits theaters November 20. For some people, it should be the perfect start to the holiday season. For the rest of us it may be the perfect solution to escape our families after Thanksgiving.
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