Review: Rough Night

Title: Rough Night
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Lucia Aniello
Starring: Scarlett JohanssonKate McKinnonZoë Kravitz
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins

What It Is: College friends have gotten older and now that Jess (Johansson) is getting married she calls upon her best friends for a bachelorette party in Miami. One of her best friends Alice (Jillian Bell) has a whole itinerary planned out. What wasn’t planned is her friend Blair (Kravitz) getting them a stripper. When Alice accidentally kills the stripper now the ladies, including Senate hopeful and Bride-to-be Jess, have to try and hide it mainly because of the consequences.

What We Think: So I heard a lot of negative things about this particular film. Most of them warranted most of them simply a misunderstanding of it. This film is by no means good but I would not say it’s as bad as it’s been given. There are certainly some things here that are good. Ilana Glazer, for example, is consistently funny throughout. Kate McKinnon has an excellent Australian accent insofar as accents go. Overall the script fails to deliver anything resembling a “comedy” and instead settled for the well-worn tropes and cliches so often prevalent in a contemporary R-Rated comedy.

Our Grade: C-, It does enough to get some giggles out of me. That’s really all the film is worth. There’s no staying power. I’ve heard this compared to Girls Trip being they have similar premises. We’ll see about that certainly as our review for that is coming up. I can’t in good conscience tell you to go out of your way to see this. Having said that I think the conventional comedic audience may enjoy bits of Very Bad Things meets The Loft. Both of those if you did not know are fairly terrible movies. If Scarlett Johansson can’t elevate your material or your direction the problem might just be you. I mean just look at Ghost in the Shell.

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