THE NIGHT BE­FORE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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.

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