Excerpt: Seth Rogen is balls-to-the-wall out-of-his-head here…but the movie’s MVP is Michael Shannon, who as the lads’ high school weed supplier Mr. Green is the intimidating, melancholy, compassionate conduit of ghosts present, future and past.
Excerpt: Thus Seth Rogen’s The Night Before joins the dubiously illustrious ranks of fellow carolers that have sipped judiciously from the eggnog bowl. And I’m relieved to say that while it is hardly a Red Rider Beebee Gun, it isn’t a lump of coal either.
Excerpt: Reminiscent of the recent A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and most other ‘it all happens in one night’ narratives, The Night Before fails to break any new ground in the comedic sub-genre glorifying the lewd, crude, and disgusting, but for those of us who like to see completely offensive material every now and again, the film checks that box.
Excerpt: The Night Before is just too scattershot and not always sharp enough to earn the kind of laughs it wants to smoke up. You want drugs with your magic-in-the-air Christmas spirit? Hit up 2011’s “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.”
Excerpt: “The Night Before” is a mixed bag. It’s chock-full of holiday cheer, fun performances and cheeky allusions, and it’s blissfully free of cynicism. But it’s a bit of a mess, with a clunky pace, muddled plot and thinly sketched trifecta of heroes.