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Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Night Before

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This is the kind of movie where zero mystery exists. You know what you’re getting here. Seth Rogen, drugs, written by Evan Goldberg; this is exactly what you think it is. But that’s okay. The main idea here is to laugh and possibly get grossed out a bit; you know, a Seth Rogen comedy. Despite a reused outer shell, The Night Before manages to do what all of his previous drug bender-themed jaunts have done and that is to entertain the fans of Apatow and crew and anyone who doesn’t like it be damned. Something I must acknowledge is their affinity to pull in great casts for their silly adventures and this time is no exception. The three main leads include Rogen (of course), 50/50 alum Joseph Gordon-Levitt and new to the gross-out crew Anthony Mackie who rounds out the trio of poop and fart jokes. While they each have their moments to shine it is the actor that was never featured in any trailer (rightfully so) that truly steals the show. I won’t reveal who it is and what character they play; just know it’s hilarious and of course ridiculous.

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Where this falls off a bit is what I already mentioned before, it’s simply nothing new. It’s a repackaged Superbad (only much less funny) just in time for Christmas. This relies completely on fans of previous Rogen films because at this point everyone has made their minds up about him and his comedic style. I for one love his movies but even I have to admit it’s getting a bit stagnant. If it weren’t for the wonderful casts they always manage to wrangle together and a seemingly unending source of immaturity on my part these movies would be absolute garbage.

The Night Before is vulgar, some might say blasphemous and raunchy but somehow still carries a certain amount of heart along with it. At the surface it’s three friends getting drunk and doing things they wouldn’t be caught doing while the sun is still up. But more than this, what makes the movie worthwhile is the theme of friendship through the darkest of times. It’s said that family is chosen for you but friends are family you choose for yourself and so to find friends as loyal as these characters is something I think we all yearn for and for the lucky few who have friends like this, you already know. Relatability is key here because not everyone has gone out and gotten dangerously drunk and high so there has to be something else propelling the story along while maintaining the audience’s interest. Friendship and second chances are things we all have wanted or needed at some point.

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A raunchy comedy with some heart. It’s ridiculous but never dull. You know what you’re getting here and if that’s okay with you then definitely give The Night Before a shot. Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with!

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Rated R For: drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Runtime: 101 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 3.5/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 3.5 Nerdskulls

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