The Night Before Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Night Before

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong drug use, nudity, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Puts the crack in Nutcracker.

  • Starring:

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon, Heléne Yorke

  • Directed by:

    Jonathan Levine

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are dragged, near-hit by a car, punched, tackled, hit with/by objects, nailed, glassed/stabbed, pursued. People slip/fall over. Rambling references to harming/killing a child/woman. Objects exploded, knocked out of hands, broken. Dangerous driving, vehicle collision, broken window. Rat thrown at man's face. Theft. Screaming, shouting, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody/bleeding nose, bloody/pierced hand, dripping blood, drinking blood (accidental). Injection into buttock, hand nailed to wall. Black eye, bruising. Coffins.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has bathroom sex, oral sex. Kissing (female-female; male-female), sexting, face-licking (male-male). Strip club/bar settings, suggestive dancing. References/slang for sex; sexual innuendo. Women in underwear, exposed breasts, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Picture of penis. Having sex with girlfriend's parents mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, steroids, pills, boxes of drugs). Drug-induced behaviour (blurred vision, freaking out, hallucinations, sweating, hearing voices). Alcohol (spirits, beer, champagne, cocktail, wine). Intoxication. Smoking (marijuana, cigar, pipe). Gambling (poker). Crackheads, drug taking, drug dealing, buying weed, performance-enhancing drugs/steroids mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitals/bodily functions. Obscene gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Relationship issues, best friends, Christmas, fatherhood, bromances, strip clubs, grief, car accidents, traditions, drugs, intoxication, partying.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Funeral/cemetery, strip club, bar settings, marriage proposal. Dead parents (killed by drunk driver), being an orphan mentioned. Horse, rat. Toilet, urination, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Funny, wild, heartfelt, knowing, manic, touching, wacky, satisfying, energetic, madcap, raucous, heady, scruffy. Big ensemble cast, excellent chemistry, lively supporting roles and cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overstuffed, uneven, schmaltzy, scattered, ephemeral, sloppy, lazy, shambling. Middling comedy, many gags fall flat, tedious story arc, familiar tropes.

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