Rough Night, with Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer. Directed by Lucia Aniello. Rating: 3.5/5
FEMALE fronted comedies have enjoyed great success at the box office the last few years and while the latest, Rough Night, might not enjoy Oscar nomination status, it lends itself to be a hilarious comedy, with a bit of dark humour, perfect for a night out.
Director Lucia Aniello has recruited a string of renowned small screen funny ladies to take on what could be crassly described as a female take on The Hangover (pre-wedding party gone horribly wrong) meets Weekend at Bernie’s (a corpse being used as a recurring comedy prop).
Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is getting married, and for her bachelorette party she’s heading to Miami with her old college friends. There’s ex-roommate Alice (Jillian Bell), who’s struggling to get over the past; bickering ex-girlfriends Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer); and Pippa (Kate McKinnon), a friend she made while studying in Australia.
The stage is set for a weekend of partying and after a night of heavy drinking and drugs, Blair decides to order Jess a stripper. But things go south after the stripper accidentally dies. The friends panic as suddenly the usually sensible and well-balanced career women find themselves with a body to dispose of.
Early on the film embraces R-rated territory, with drug references and strong language.
The concept is unavoidably dark and, to the film’s credit, the death scene is made suitably distasteful, but the cast are uniformly excellent showing that their talent for comedy is not restricted to the small screen and Saturday Night Live.
Rough Night is a great deal funnier than the majority of studio comedies released in the past year. Amid the craziness of trying to cover up the death of the stripper, the friends are brought closer together when it matters most.
The movie features plenty of shocking moments that sure to have people talking and laughing out loud but ultimately it’s a film about friendships; it’s about honing in on our experience of having friendships from high school and college that have evolved and maybe gotten a little bit distant. What does it feel like when you reconnect with those people?
Altogether the film is good comedic relief and does well for entertainment value.
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