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Rough Night - 2017

Rough Night - 2017

Rough Night is written and directed by Lucia Aiello, coming off her successful run in Comedy Central’s Broad City. It’s honestly refreshing seeing a female centric comedy being helmed by a woman. There are many films where you sense that this is how a man thinks a group of women talks and behaves, and in this movie, that is not the case. Staring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell as the main cast, the story centers around a bachelorette weekend gone horribly wrong.

I honestly went into this movie with very low expectations. In a weekend where 4 “big” movies were hitting the box office, this is the one that I was dreading the least and that’s why I chose it. I’ll be up front about it: I laughed… not enough giving the fact that it’s supposed to be a comedy but I laughed nonetheless. So, let’s get into this.

The main cast is fine, and it hurts me to say that. My biggest laughs came from other players but I’ll circle back to that later. Scarlett is far too talented for the little this script gave her to play with, and she felt out of place among the rest of the cast. I just think she is too big of a name to be playing second and third fiddle to many of her castmates. I hate that Kate McKinnon has been severely typecast; while she is at times funny in this movie, she still falls in the same “weird for being weird” persona she has been cast in for the past few years. She is by far the best SNL player currently on air and I hope she can find the right vehicle to showcase her talent. Kravitz and Glazer are serviceable in the movie and I have definitely seen better work from them, but they aren’t horrible in the movie.

In the paragraph above I left out Jillian Bell and that’s because in my eyes she is the worst part of this movie. I try to be fair and look at the bright side, because I honestly love this art form and I want it to succeed, but my god did she take me out of the movie. Her character felt like a rehash of multiple characters that didn’t work in the past, and they played the same beats that fell flat in the past. She is the loud friend that is overly enthused with the friendship and turns off her friends to the point that she alienates them. Funny that it does the same to the audience.

I feel weird saying it, but the best part, for me, of this female centric movie were their male counterparts. There is a small storyline of Johansson’s fiancé and his bachelor’s party. The fiancé is played by Paul W Downs, who also helped write the script, and he is a legit funny actor. The rest of the group is comprised of comedy big names such as Bo Burnham, Eric Andre, Hasan Minhaj and Patrick Carlyle. They use them to completely contrast the bachelorette party, having them being completely tame and subdued. Bo delivers a motivational speech that honestly had me laughing more than I should’ve. 

Rough Night can be described as a rehash of many movies that came before it, offering nearly nothing new to the genre. While I still had some fun watching the movie it still was the disappointing experience I expected after watching the trailers. Still I had some fun, and Bo’s speech is why I love movie.

Rough Night is currently playing in theaters. I would save it for a rough night at home where you have nothing else to watch.

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