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November 04, 2015 03:00 PM

Old habits die hard – especially for childhood friends.

In the upcoming film The Night Before, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie play a trio of friends, who have hung out together every Christmas for the past 14 years after Gordon-Levitt’s character’s parents died. But eventually, they realize they have to end the tradition.

“These three buddies have a tradition, and what you’re seeing in this movie is the last big night out on Christmas Eve,” Gordon-Levitt explains in an exclusive clip from the film.

Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie
Columbia Pictures

In the film, all three guys find their lives taking them in different directions. Rogen plays a married father-to-be, Mackie portrays a football player on the rise, and Gorden-Levitt’s character finds himself struggling to figure out what comes next in his life.

“He’s maybe not so sure what his future holds, or how to be less of a young man and more of a man” explains Gordon-Levitt in the clip.

The film explores what it’s like for three friends to end an era together, explains director Jonathan Levine.

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“What I always thought was fascinating was how friends evolve, and does that hold you back, do you have to let them go? Because that’s something I think everyone contends with,” says Levine.

But regardless of where the three friends might be in their lives, one thing’s for sure: They’re ending this tradition with a bang.

The Night Before arrives in theaters Nov. 20.

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