Rough Night


Rough Night

Directed By: Lucia Anellio
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Galzer, Kate McKinnon, Paul W. Downs, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore, et. al.
Rated: R
Grade: C

Five friends get together for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. Just as the night is getting started, however, they accidentally kill the stripper hired for the party, and spend the rest of the night attempting to cover it up. All the while, their friendships are tested and truths are brought to light.

As hard as it tries, Rough Night just isn’t that funny. The moments that are supposed to show the women as wild and/or quirky, but mostly they come off as immature. Despite the fact that the actresses have a decent chemistry, most of the humor falls flat, especially since the characters are supposed to be in their 30s at the time. The few humorous moments that do appear are mostly courtesy of Kate McKinnon, who seems to be one of the few bright spots in the movie since she puts her all into her role. Scarlett Johansson, for all of her dramatic and action talents, doesn’t handle the comedy well, and she and Zoe Kravitz seem to wish they were anywhere but in the movie. Ty Burrell and Demi Moore phone in their performances as the oversexed, open-marriage neighbors, and seem to have put the majority of their time into making the other actors as uncomfortable as possible.

There are no obvious special effects in the movie, with most of it being used as background filler.

Unfortunately, Rough Night isn’t very good. It got a few bonus points for Kate McKinnon’s performance, and a sweet side story involving the main character and her fiancee, who mishears part of a phone call and, thinking she wants to break up, rushes down to Miami to win her back. However, it’s still not quite enough to warrant spending a significant amount of money on this one.

Rough Night is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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