‘The Night Before’ Green-Band Trailer Removes the Dirty Words, Maintains the Hilarity

     September 2, 2015

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Following the red band debut, Sony Pictures has now released a green band version of the trailer for writer-director Jonathan Levine’s Christmas comedy The Night Before.  The story revolves around three childhood friends, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen), and Chris (Anthony Mackie) who come together for one last debauchery-filled Christmas Eve reunion before officially becoming too old for the tradition. In an effort to make this last hurrah as memorable as possible, they set out to find the storied Nutcracka Ball—the mother of all Christmas parties.

Levine previously teamed up with Gordon-Levitt and Rogen for the sweet, funny, and very emotional 50/50, so the thing I’m most curious about with regards to The Night Before is to see if it carries Levine’s signature tender touch, or if it’s more just a straightforward comedy. But judging by these trailers, if it’s the latter it’ll still be quite satisfying. The final sequence of jokes here land beautifully even without the profanity, and I’m really excited to see the dynamic between Gordon-Levitt, Rogen, and Mackie at play.


Watch the new trailer below, via Sony, and if you missed Perri’s set visit coverage check out 23 things to know and her interviews with Rogen, Gordon-Levitt and Mackie, Levine, and producers Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. The film also stars Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and Michael Shannon. The Night Before opens on November 25th.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Night Before:

From Jonathan Levine, the acclaimed director of 50/50, comes the new comedy The Night Before. 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.

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