The Night Before

Synopsis: Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball - the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Director(s): Jonathan Levine
Production: Sony Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Good to see you, baby. Merry Christmas.

You wanna take a picture, man?

Let's do it.

Just leave it!

If you're not Christian, what are you?

I'm Jewish.

Is that why you look different?

What was that? Come again.

You just look funny.

I look funny?

You ever see The Shining?

- Isaac?

- Yo!

What are you telling them?

I'm just talking to your lovely daughters

as though they are adults.

From a cognitive level,

if you speak to kids like they're adults...

it will make them more curious,

it will open up their minds to more things.

- He's gonna be a great father.

- Yeah.

I just hope we have kids

as beautiful as you girls.

I'm sorry.

Sweeties, just come help Mommy

in the kitchen.

- Are you okay? You want a hug?

- That's okay.


- Gosh, I am such a fucking piece of shit.

- No, you're not at all.

I'm the worst mom.

I'm gonna be terrible.

No. Don't say that.

What if I screw this up?

You won't. Studies show your maternal

instincts really kick in in the last month.

I know. I'm sorry. I'm just nervous.

It's fine. I love you so much. Okay?

I love you too.

Bets, look who it is.


Merry Christmas.

Oh, my God! You look so big!

- No.

- No?

You don't know

a lot of pregnant women, do you?

- I meant the baby.

- No, I look really big.

You look great,

and the baby's probably cramped...

- inside of your small, fit body.

- Thank you. No, that's enough.

- Just shut up. It's all good. It's fine.

- I'm so sorry. I don't know what to say.

She looks beautiful.

- You want a drink?

- Sure.

Do you want a drink, honey?

I'm okay right now.


Yeah. I'm kinda on call.

Gotta keep my head on straight.

- But you're gonna drink tonight?

- Yeah. For sure.

- Because I'm already kinda drunk.

- I can tell.

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Jonathan Levine

Jonathan A. Levine (born June 18, 1976) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is well known for directing 50/50 in 2011. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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