It’s Christmas time, and that means you get to watch the same boring Christmas movies you’ve seen hundreds of times. “I’ve only seen ‘Elf’ 143 times. I guess the 144th time’s the charm right?” Wrong. Don’t settle this year for cheesy movies that inaccurately depict what Christmas is like. Watch “The Night Before” starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. It’s a raunchy comedy that gives a new spin on Christmas and sets it apart from cliché movies that your grandparents love.
The basic premise of the movie is that three friends have gotten together to drink, eat Chinese food and have a good time for the past ten years. But now that they’re older and have more responsibilities, they have to call it quits on this tradition. So the movie follows these three friends as they have one final Christmas Eve bro hang out. But this night will be different because Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has stolen tickets to the Nutcracka Ball, the ultimate Christmas party with plenty of kush and gorgeous people.
Some critics say that this movie is very similar to Seth Rogen’s other movies. True, he is high on weed and tripping on ‘shrooms most of the time, which he does in his other movies. But what’s wrong with that? It’s funny and he makes it work. So if it’s not broken don’t fix it. Seth Rogen is obviously the star and his character is the funniest in the movie, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie provide plenty of laughs as well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s funniest moment is when he sings “Wrecking Ball” with Miley Cyrus, while Anthony Mackie is at his funniest when he goes into a drug dealer’s car to get some really good weed to bring to the Nutcracka Ball.
So if you want a different type of movie this Christmas, go and see “The Night Before,” but you probably don’t want to see it with your parents.