Sony Pictures has moved holiday comedy “The Night Before” forward five days to Nov. 20 — when it will take on Jennifer Lawrence’s final “Hunger Games” movie.
Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, the film centers on three longtime friends deciding to party one last time on Christmas Eve to mark the conclusion of their 14-year-old holiday tradition — started due to the death of the mother of Gordon-Leveitt’s character — since Rogen’s character is about to become a father and Mackie’s pro-athlete character is too famous.
A redband trailer showed comic chaos resulting when Rogen’s wife, played by Jillian Bell, decides to give her husband magic mushrooms and cocaine. That leads to him barfing in a church while wearing a Star of David sweater and then declaring to the congregation, “We did not kill Jesus!”
“The Night Before” was directed by Jonathan Levine from his own script with Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. Producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver.
Besides opening against Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the comedy will also take on STX’s thriller “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts.