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The Night Before

1988

PG-13 CC
4.4 out of 5 stars (80) IMDb 6.4/10

In this unusual teen comedy, the most popular girl in school embarks upon the worst date of her life after she loses a bet and is forced to attend the prom with the school's biggest nerd. The trouble begins when her doofous date gets lost en route and they end up stranded on the worst side of town.

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Lori Loughlin
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Thom Eberhardt
Starring Keanu Reeves, Lori Loughlin
Supporting actors Theresa Saldana, Trinidad Silva, Suzanne Snyder, Morgan Lofting, Gwil Richards, Chris Hebert, Michael Greene, Pamela Gordon, David Sherrill, Israel Juarbe, Charles Grueber, Michael Strasser, Ned Bellamy, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Kim H. Ornitz, Daniel D. Halleck, Sydney Goldsmith, Diane Rodriguez
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
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Format: VHS Tape
This is a really funny, feel good movie with a happy ending. Lori Loughlin's character loses a bet with friends and has to take nerdy Winston Connelly (Keanu Reeves) as her prom date. Through a chain of events -- including getting lost, a broken down car, a bar in a bad neighborhood, a pimp, and the girl's policeman father -- they NEVER reach the prom at all. Winston proves to be a hero instead of a nerd and earns Lori's character's devotion by the end. Keanu Reeves is charming and not the airhead character he protrayed many times in his early career. He and Lori Loughlin have a nice chemistry.
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Format: VHS Tape
It is known to many, that to find a good teen movie, you must look further than the video shelves of your local Video Hire. Sure, there is 'Pretty In Pink', 'The Breakfast Club' and more recently 'Get Over It', but they all rely on the love triangle's to boost thier plot. 'The Night Before' is different, not only in the conventional, but the unconventional. Creating laughs from the twisted love match of Reeves & Loughlin, the seedy going-ons that run the streets at night, to slapstick escapades that adorn the closing sequences. This is a must for any lover of films, or the Weird and Wonderful that fill studio backlists to the brim. Deleted in the UK, buy quick from America, a minor masterpiece of Hollywood legends.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Originally I got this great 80's comedy from an HD rip online, but this is just as good and with a decent cover. Sadly, like all of the "Lost Collection" series, it is in full screen and has a fake 5.1 soundtrack. For those who want to know, all of the "Lost Collection" films are supposed to be in 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. This is not true. Every channel sounds the same as track 3, which is all of the music, dialog and special effects mixed together. A perfect 5.1 DVD has music in the first channel, sound effects with some dialog in the second, everything mixed together in the third, track 4 is base, and the last two channels are for rear sounds, sometimes containing a clearer isolated music track. None of the "Lost Collection" discs are like this, making them fake 5.1 audio and that really hurts my view of Lionsgate. "The Night Before" is still a must-have comedy, but don't look for awesome sound or anamorphic widescreen.
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A VERY young and extremely adorable Keanu Reeves plays Winston Connelly, a sheltered and innocent suburban teenager who gets lost on the way to prom, takes his date to The Wrong Side Of The Tracks, is roofied, and manages to accidentally sells her into prostitution because he has so little idea of what is going on. The story initially unfolds slowly and out of order in flashbacks ("where am I?"), then becomes linear as he figures out how to find and rescue her. Best sequence: Keanu and the lovely Lori Laughlin dancing to the funky music of "The Rats Nest Band", which happen to be none other than George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, and then at the end a quite satisfying car chase (there was a little John Wick in him even then). Lots of jokes and stereotypes about various low life inner city denizens, and about the hilarious (sarcasm) topic of human trafficking. Even though much of it is funny, and arguably avoids overt racism, it's just not always on the right side of the taste line. Not sure this film was ever theatrically released, and I'm guessing this is why. As an aside, after I watched this I went to Man Of Tai Chi, where 25-years-later Keanu plays the knowing and evil Donneka Mark--got whiplash going from one character extreme to another.
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Format: DVD
I watched this dvd on my lcd flat panel , and the picture is full of what i would call 'digital noise' meaning it has lots of 'micro' pixelation, especially in darker areas of the movie. Even the VHS version of this movie is better than this. Also it seems that it was transferred not from the master tapes, but from Vhs stockpile with bad digital noise at times. But since its finally on DVD , I'll take it, but I'm not very happy with the digital noise artifacts, it makes the movie look , almost cartoonish in darker areas. I'm hoping for a second better release (though i doubt it) and hopefully a blu ray release that is done right. I don't really mind that its full screen, that doesn't bother too much. I'm more concerned with the picture quality. Also there is no trailer for this movie, but trailers for other movies. Also the case it came in is very flimsy. It has that recycle logo hole on the case. I don't know if they want you to throw it out afterwards and recycle it. But the movie itself is one of my favorites of all time.
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By Momma K on November 3, 2015
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I have been looking for this movie forever! I love Amazon!!! You can find anything your heart desires. This movie is a classic.. I don't know why more people have not heard of it...I mean hey Keanu Reeves!! Before he got all matrix lol
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was happy to get my hands on The Night Before on dvd (My VHS Version is beat-up)
I have mixed thoughts on the DVD
Lionsgate has done such a Great job in the past on both DVD's & BR's
This dvd on the other hand is a Poor dvd Digital Transfer (The print looks worn I'd guess they took the VHS Version and transferred it to dvd) The 5.1 Audio is also a bit hinky
The trivia track is more of a lame gimmick (Why no Audio Commentary???)
This DVD would be fine if It was made 10-12yrs ago when The dvd Format first came out (But, Now to have such a Poor Official Copy is unacceptable
There are a number of Other Titles in there "Lost Collection" I'd like 2 add to my Collection but, after watching this dvd I'm not sure
Shame on Lionsgate for putting out Such a Bootleg/Poor DVD of a Great Rarely Seen Film
They dropped the ball on putting this out on dvd
The Film itself is so Good and over looked . I'd say it's one of the Best PG-13 of the 1980's!
I'm sure it gained a Cult type Following thanks to the VHS Era
Starring Two Young up and coming stars Keanu Reeves & Lori Loughlin
The two are both extremely good in it. They both play it straight in a Crazy Over-the top world!
The Music/Score also is top notch (Doesn't sound like a typical 1980's Movie) The Great King of Funk George Clinton wrote the Score
the score/music was and still to this day Fresh and ahead of it's time for a teen flick!
For those who have never seen it (which I'm sure is allot of people) It's a Must see Treasure
The Film itself 9.5/10
The DVD along with the Laserdisc are the only two Digital Copies
Hopefully this dvd gets word of mouth maybe One day A Studio will put out a Cleaned-up Special Edition
Cause this Film Deserves a Special Edition
It's a Odd Classic to say the least
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