Frequent collaborators Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have made a new holiday-themed buddy comedy set to hit theaters this Thanksgiving. The two already have a string of hits to their names, having produced numerous successful (and not so successful) mainstream movies including Superbad, This Is The End, Neighbors, and The Interview – which also had a holiday release that was very complicated. The duo’s latest is The Night Before, a 24-hour adventure set in New York City on Christmas Eve.
The plot focuses on three best friends played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper), Rogen (Neighbors), and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who decide to mark the end a holiday tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery by finding the ultimate Christmas party (see above).
The green band trailer is not that different from the red band one released in July – only the language has been toned down. The promo still takes viewers through some quick exposition, detailing the characters’ friendship and solidarity, their rapidly changing lives – Mackie is a football star, Rogen is about to become a parent – and, of course, plenty of drinking, drugs, and what looks to be a solid karaoke routine.
This will be the first time Rogen and Gordon-Levitt have starred in a movie together since 2011’s 50/50, though it looks like this movie is not aiming to carry the same dramatic weight that the cancer dramedy had. Like the previous effort, the supporting cast here is outstanding, with Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) bringing their own brand of comedy. Even Mindy Kaling, Miley Cyrus, and Kanye West pop up, though it has yet to be revealed what his role will be.
Mackie is a welcome addition to the Rogen/Goldberg roster, bringing the same high level of charisma to this effort as he does every part he’s cast in. To its credit, the movie certainly looks funny; Rogen & Co. are clearly sticking to the kind of humor they know works for them. At any rate, it doesn’t seem like anyone is going outside of their comfort zone – especially Rogen, whose character is another in a long line of man-children forced to grow up and accept life’s responsibilities – though this time, it’s through some hard partying.
Hopefully director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) is able to teach that particular old dog some new tricks, and finds a way to add some depth to the characters. Regardless, both Gordon-Levitt and Mackie are charisma machines, and the movie is perfectly timed to capitalize on everyone’s holiday anxiety.
It is safe to say that if you enjoyed Rogen’s previous work, you should plan on seeing The Night Before.
The Night Before opens in U.S. theaters on November 25, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures