The Night Before

2015 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Night Before

2015 R 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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For 10 years, lifelong pals Ethan, Isaac and Chris have reunited every Christmas Eve for a night of decadence. But with their annual ritual about to end, the trio is determined to go out with a yuletide bang at the holy grail of Christmas parties.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Thai
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French-Canadian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Thai, Indonesian
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French-Canadian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Seth Rogen
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Lizzy Caplan
  • Jillian Bell
  • Michael Shannon
  • Mindy Kaling
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Night Before is a "hard R" comedy set on Christmas Eve that stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie. It's filled with iffy/unsafe behavior, not necessarily with any consequences -- but the main characters do learn to become responsible and to trust one another. There's a brief sex scene, and naked breasts are shown in a strip club; plus, there are penis pictures on a phone and lots of heavy innuendo throughout the movie. One main character takes lots of drugs -- including mushrooms, cocaine, and pot -- and has extreme, intended-to-be-comical reactions to them. A secondary character is a drug dealer, and there's also quite a bit of drinking. Language is very strong and constant, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," and much more. Some violent moments/dangerous situations are played for laughs, including chases, fights, and a stabbing, with a little blood shown. Characters pee and throw up in public.

Sexual Content

A couple has sex in a public bathroom (no graphic nudity, but different positions are shown). Brief shot of topless women in a strip club. Naked penis pictures on a phone. Naked male bottom shown from the side. Strong innuendo/sex talk.

Violence

Violence played for laughs includes a chase, with painful-looking falls; a brief fist fight; a runaway horse dragging a man; a man stabbed through the hand; a bloody nose (with blood dripping into a drink). Also yelling, shouting.

Language

Very strong language, with extremely frequent uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "balls," "a--hole," "jizz," "vagina," "d--k," "douchebag," "crackheads," etc. -- plus "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

Amid the iffy stuff, he three friends struggle with personal problems (commitment, responsibility, consequences for your actions) and learn to trust and confide in one another. They learn that their friendship is important and should be trusted to survive despite family, relationship, and work demands.

Consumerism

Red Bull is mentioned and shown frequently. A Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphone is shown several times and mentioned by name. Apple iPhones are shown. Craigslist mentioned. Nintendo '64 is mentioned (specifically Goldeneye 007).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Main characters drink alcohol and use drugs (mushrooms, cocaine, pot, etc.) throughout (it's indicated that this behavior is an exception to the norm). A character has extreme, comical reactions to the drugs. A character uses performance-enhancing steroids. A secondary character is a drug dealer. A character's parents were killed by a drunk driver.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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