Everyone celebrates the holidays differently, and for Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Night Before characters, that means getting together at a local bar on Christmas Eve and partying until they’re jolly.
In the latest clip from the film, which premiered on MTV, an omniscient narrator played by Tracy Morgan explains that the tradition started after Ethan’s (Gordon-Levitt) parents died around Christmas in 2001. Not wanting their friend to be alone during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Isaac (Rogen), and Chris (Mackie) bring Ethan to the nearest watering hole to drink his problems away (and show off some seriously dated hairstyles).
The tradition continued for years until the trio encountered another group of Christmas Eve partiers who told them about an all-out rager called the Nutcracker Ball. The life-long pals attempted to find the ball year after year, but with no luck. Now with his friends having gone their separate ways, Ethan finds himself alone again, dressing as an elf and serving hors d’ourves on Dec. 24.
Hear the full tale, told in the rhyming manner of the Christmas classic, below.
The Night Before hits theaters Friday.