NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:00 AM
(from left) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie are potheads in a bromance in “The Night Before.”
This is the Cheech and Chong movie about Christmas in New York you always wished for. Dudes smoke spliff after spliff (along with downing ’shrooms, coke, Red Bull, liquor and various colored pills), ride around in a sick stretch limo, have crazy sex in a bathroom with a wild woman, sing on stage with a pop star, have vision quests with the Spirit of Christmas Present in the form of a pot dealer, vomit in a terribly embarrassing spot, converse with statues in a Nativity manger and trade sext messages with a movie star.
That was a long sentence. Let me exhale. Ahhhhh. Cough, cough.
I did not imbibe anything while watching “The Night Before,” but I felt completely baked halfway through and occasionally heard myself laughing like I was sitting on a couch with Beavis and Butthead: “Heh, heh. The stuffed lamb near the Baby Jesus called him ‘Dude.’ Heh, heh.”
Gadzooks, there’s a lot of marijuana — but then again, that’s Rogen’s genre now.
Was this a good movie? It’s enjoyable, but it’s also trite, especially the love story involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character Ethan and his estranged girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan — lusted over by every Semitic man in America). Oh, her perceptive brown eyes. Oh, the fertile crescent of her nose.
Some of the film was fascinating, like when, in a comedic way, someone sort of gets crucified.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the drugged-up “The Night Before,” which also stars Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie.
But gadzooks, there’s a lot of marijuana — but then again, that’s Rogen’s genre now. Sometimes, it doesn’t work well. “This is the End” (2013) was a mess because it seemed like it was written and shot during a three-day Mary Jane bender. “Pineapple Express” (2008) was better because it managed to meld violent crime and wacky hijinx in a semi-coherent romp.
“The Night Before” is not a great comedy on par with “Wedding Crashers” or “A Christmas Story.” But Cheech and Chong movies (Google it, kids) were not great either. They were liberating. They were weird and fun and trippy.
“The Night Before” is like that. Go see it impaired or straight and you’ll feel like you went on a trip. It’s likely to be a good one — though not for everyone.