Seth Rogen bursts with inventive exuberance in this schematic but genial holiday comedy about millennials settling down.
A lazy and not very funny stoner comedy.
A smartly built, chemically-enhanced Christmas story about growing up that you can't watch with the grown-ups - at least, not the ones who will get bothered by dick pics.
A finely tuned comedy machine, a film that not only works as a standalone contemporary project, but one that will come to be viewed in five, 10, 15 years as a snapshot of industry players at their prime, and a handy guide to before-they-were-famous icons.
When we were first introduced to Rogen in "Knocked Up," there was some novelty to a story about a dopey slacker who learns some family values. But "The Night Before" is just dutifully following a template.
A raucous and refreshing new take on the Christmas movie.
Various people you know from television show up to give "The Night Before" a sketch-comedy, holiday-special vibe. The writing, by a whole lot of guys, is uneven, and the direction, by Jonathan Levine, is adequate.
So what if this ramshackle farce doesn't always hit its marks. It's got the spirit. Go with it.
The Night Before is a raucous comedy with a sweet soul that's tremendously uneven... But there's a mournful poignance to its depiction of long-term friendship that comes from how its tensions about maturity have been internalized.