This super-referential Christmas Eve bromedy starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie is out on DVD on March 28. Here we take a look at its best pop culture bits.
1. Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ goes Big
The boys play Kanye’s redemption banger on a giant ‘Walking Piano’, in tribute to Tom Hanks’ Chopsticks scene from Big. The lyrics are fitting for this trio: “Let’s have a toast for the douchebags… a toast for the assholes”.
2. The Shining’s twins
Seth Rogen’s Isaac encounters a contrary, tartan-clad pair of girls at a Christmas party and compares them to the nightmarish duo from Kubrick’s seminal horror The Shining. Bit harsh.
3. Run–D.M.C.’s ‘Christmas In Hollis’, karaoke-style
Straight after their Big moment, the boys hit up a karaoke bar for a spot of shroom-fuelled Christmas rapping to Run–D.M.C.’s Christmas classic (it was also featured in the original Die Hard movie, FYI). In this version, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Ethan has forced his friends to put on incongruous Fair Isle knitwear. Rad.
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4. Ilana Glazer’s terrifying Christmas villain hybrid
Broad City‘s Ilana plays a scene-stealing, ‘Yaaas’-spouting villain who plays by the rules of her evil Christmas heroes (The Sticky Bandits, The Grinch, Die Hard’s Hans Gruber). She steals weed from the trio and money from the homeless: a real piece of work.
5. Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ cropping up everywhere
“You can cry to it. You can run to it. You can party to it,” explains Mindy Kaling’s Sarah. They actually do party to it later on, too, when Miley herself makes a surprisingly brilliant cameo.
The Night Before is out on Blu-ray & DVD on Mar 28.