Cert: 15 Runtime: 101 mins Director: Lucia Aniello Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz Ilana Glazer, Ty Burrell and Demi Moore
Excuse me, bitch? I’m a fucking sweetheart!
Rough Night isn’t the type of film I would prioritise normally but when Scar-Jo is on I’ll be there. The trailer even grabbed my attention due to one scene I didn’t expect to happen. It seems that Bachelorette movies are in and Rough Night is the latest. So what is Rough Night about you ask? Five best friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to figure out what to do,their night takes some hilariously unexpected turns, ultimately bringing them closer together when it matters most. I was hoping for something that would be memorable and a hell of a good time. While the film has some funny moments, they don’t come as often as they should. I think the film could have been better but for it is its not bad.
The film is written by Lucia Aniello who is a primary writer on Broad City. It’s also co-written by Paul W. Downs who also stars on the show. I’ve never seen Broad City but eh, the writing and jokes in this film don’t really give me interest to do so.One of the weakest characters in the film was actually Ilana Glazer. That’s a problem with this film, two of the bunch (Glazer and Zoe Kravitz) are bland. We already have a fairly straight laced main character in Scarlett Johansson so these two don’t really come off as memorable. Jilian Bell was a bit much at times but she was a colourful character. I really like Kate McKinnon and she was responsible for some of the good humour in the film, however even she feels wasted in the film. There really aren’t that many laugh out loud or even funny snicker moments. I’d say the second half of the film kind of collapses on itself. The first half was substantially stronger and then the more far-fetched and convoluted the scenario became, the more it suffered. I liked the idea for the film but it needed more memorable characters and sharper writing to stand on its own. Its not entirely bad but it just feels like a film that’s lacking and wasteful of its cast.