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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without classic Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, or Miracle on 34th Street. Or, for that matter, newer, left-of-center additions to watch list, like Bad Santa and Die Hard. If Seth Rogen and his compatriots have their way, we’ll have another one to add our annual viewing schedule, The Night Before, which just dropped a somewhat tame green band trailer. At least it’s as tame as we’re likely to get.
While this trailer is definitely a much more subdued version of the red band look we got a few weeks back, but given the subject matter and the parties involved, there’s only so much they can do. Even though this is green band, maybe don’t watch it with your kids. There is certainly much less swearing and general vulgarity, but there’s still a mug that reads "World’s Smallest Cock," Seth Rogen high as hell and barfing in a church, and other assorted bits of sacrilege and blue humor.
The Night Before stars Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as a trio of life-long buddies. 14 years ago, Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) lost his parents on Christmas Eve, and every year since, Isaac (Rogen) and Chris (Mackie) spend the day with him. As happens, life is getting in the way—Isaac is about to have a baby, while Chris is too famous to hang out (you can see him signing footballs here, so it appears he’s a professional athlete)—and this will be the final year of their tradition (at least until the sequel). But if they’re going out, they’re going out with a bang, not the proverbial whimper, and things are going to get rowdy.
If you’re familiar with these folks, The Night Before looks like exactly the kind of humor you expect. From what we’ve seen thus far, fans of movies like The Interview, This is the End, and Neighbors are finally going to have a holiday movie to call their very own. This is the kind of Christmas story where a box of cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms are an appropriate gift. Still, even with the church puke and other shenanigans, any controversy they stir up is going to be nothing compared to almost causing an international incident with The Interview.
They also bring along a lot of famous pals, which is something else you likely expected. You catch a glimpse of both Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan, not to mention a shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt apparently singing "Wrecking Ball" alongside Miley Cyrus. That’s just what we see here, and I fully anticipate seeing James Franco turn up as a drunk bell ringer, a lecherous priest, or something equally memorable and bawdy.
And the familiar names don’t stop in front of the camera, as Seth Rogen’s writing and directing partner Evan Goldberg is one of the writers on The Night Before. This also reteams Rogen and Gordon-Levitt with Jonathan Levine, who directed them in the cancer dramedy 50/50 a few years back.
The Night Before opens on November 25, so don’t worry, you can get your holiday movie fix in well before you spend a week straight watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hateful Eight back to back.