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The Night Before

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Holiday comedy is extremely vulgar but still kind of sweet.

Movie R 2015 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+
all though it is a great and funny movie. it is very raunchy, there is a scene where too characters have sex in a public toilets while another character snorts a hell lot of cocaine. and describing his future baby as a "cunt" and as you can properly guess from that. there is a lot and intense swearing but it makes for a funny movie and a great one for christmas

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Most inappropriate movie ever!

The night before has LOADS of cursing. It's rare to hear a sentence without a f bomb. There is also a scene where a man and a woman have sex in a bathroom. A man also got drugs as a gift from his wife.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Naughty Christmas comedies are fairly common, and this one doesn't offer much that hasn't been done before, but the bond between the three characters, and a love of Christmas, make it worth seeing. Director/co-writer Jonathan Levine previously moderated male bonding between Gordon-Levitt and Rogen in the terrific 50/50, and he effortlessly brings that level of affection and care to the three men here. They compliment each other nicely, like the three corners of a triangle.

Unfortunately, the humor in the movie doesn't quite take off. It's based on the very simple arcs that each character goes through separately; it's plenty naughty, but it's not terribly surprising. The humor in the similar A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas worked better because it was cleverly balanced between zaniness and sanity. Still, a couple of giggles and a genuine affection eventually save the day and make THE NIGHT BEFORE a stocking stuffer worth opening.

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