Thursday, 3 December 2015

THE NIGHT BEFORE

On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. —IMDB

I’m becoming very bored with Seth Rogen’s style of humour (although the writing is by Jonathan Levine, who gave us the wonderful Warm Bodies) which relies on drug use, sexual references, coarse language and stupidity. THE NIGHT BEFORE actually has a good message about friendship — a much needed message around the Christmas holiday season. However, it’s a good idea that isn’t handled “seriously” and merely provides a tidal wave of crudity before it hits the quite moving gift at the end. It would be great if Set Rogen could return to the sort of humour we say in Knocked UP years ago. There are hints of this in THE NIGHT BEFORE. And there are a couple of celebrity cameos which are amusing, but overall, it feels more like the night after than the night before. I’d give this one a miss — unless you are fan of Seth Rogan, of course.


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