FAMILY and friends are important, more important than fame, fortune or old Christmas traditions that don't accommodate for growing up.
That's the moral behind Jonathan Levine's The Night Before, hidden underneath the explicit profanities, illicit drug-taking and grotesque sexual references.
Yes, The Night Before is your typical cliched Christmas miracle movie obscured by the facade of a classic drug-fueled comedy starring Seth Rogen.
The film follows the tale of best friends Isaac (Rogen) and Chris Roberts (Anthony Mackie) as they set out on Christmas Eve, 2001, to lift the spirits of orphaned Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and begin a tradition that will last for years to come.
Fourteen years on, Ethan finds tickets to the 'Holy Grail of Christmas parties' and the trio head out for one last night-of-nights in New York City.
While waiting in an unsurprisingly long Christmas-period cinema line I was expecting to be underwhelmed because the last few movies starring Rogen, James Franco and the gang have left me wondering if they were written in a not-so-conscious state.
The teenager that handed me my ticket said he laughed the entire movie and I took his opinion with a grain of salt.
But, to my surprise, I was suppressing giggles barely five minutes into the film as Levitt gave his best impression of an 'elf face' (funnier than it sounds).
After an hour I couldn't control my outbursts of laughter and, seemingly, other audience members felt the same way as loud laughter ensued for the rest of the film.
If you've enjoyed some of Levine's previous works, especially 50/50 or The Wackness, then this is a must-see and as long as you're not easily offended by crude jokes, I recommend giving this one a watch.
But, if the two elderly men I witnessed walking out 30 minutes in are anything to go by then this isn't your family-friendly Christmas movie and I wouldn't suggest seeing The Night Before as a holiday outing with the grandparents.
The Night Before
Stars: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and Jillian Bell.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Rating: MA 15+
Reviewer: Taya Sweeney
Verdict: 4/5 stars
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