THE NIGHT BEFORE
8.30PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE ★★★
One day, movie historians will rightly declare Seth Rogen to be the Daniel Day-Lewis of the stoner comedy. While The Night Before simply attaches many Christmas baubles to Rogen’s regular weed-whacked repertoire, it drops a heavy payload of goof-around gifts direct and on-time. Rogen stars as Isaac, one of three 30-something buddies about to end a long tradition of Christmas Eve blowouts with one last blast. Naturally, there will be behavioural blowback for all their ho-ho-bro shenanigans. As a result, the film will get too darn cute and cuddly for its own good very late in play. In the meantime, however, the sketchy chain of events linked up here churns up a lot of big, strong, stoo-pid laughs, in a Super-bad-meets-A-Very-Harold-and-Kumar-Christmas kind of way. Costars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie.