On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (IMDb)
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this, just a run of the mill Christmas comedy. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was consistently laughing almost the entire movie. This is mostly thanks to Seth Rogen, who completely steals the movie. His drug induced Christmas Eve is one that me and my family were quoting for the rest of the night. He had some of the best moments. What I really appreciated about this was that it actually tried to balance the typical raunchy humor with some real moments, and for the most part, they worked. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves some credit for basically being the one that had to carry the dramatic moments, and then switch immediately back. Throw in Anthony Mackie, and the three main friends have great chemistry together. Throw in Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and Jillian Bell in the mix along with a pot dealing Michael Shannon and this movie provides consistent laughs. It won’t be a Christmas classic, but it’s a really funny diversion from the normal Christmas movie.