Rough Night is pretty much what you expect it to be. In a sense this is good, the trailers actually do a decent job of advertising the actual film you’re going to see. Though other than the sub-plot of Jess’ (Scarlett Johansson) husband-to-be (Paul W. Downs) pulling what the movie dubs ‘A Sad Astronaut’, most of the film’s plot is revealed through these trailers sadly. But if you’re looking for an over-the-top funny film about the antics of a bachelorette party gone wrong, then what you see in the trailers is what you get.
The film follows Johansson’s character Jess and her fellow college friends –Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoë Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Australian friend Pippa/ Kiwi (Kate McKinnon) – as they throw Jess what is supposed to be an action packed weekend full of bachelorette fun (including a basket of goodies all appearing to be in a certain specific shape, if you get the gist… even the pasta). However, things take a sour turn when Alice, getting a bit too excited, accidentally kills the stripper (Ryan Cooper). We then see the antics of the friends as they attempt to get rid of the body, as after all… ‘No body, no crime’. One particular scene was very cringey to watch as Pippa gets a bit too involved when making out with corpse on the beach.
The stand out scene comes just after this gross make out session, where Pippa insists she can ride a jet ski as she did so every day to school. Let’s just say she must have been a bit rusty as her neck was quite literally put at stake after her impromptu parking skills. The over the top Australian accent from McKinnon was initially hard to watch, and potentially could become irritating as the story progressed. But as the whole character of Pippa is over the top, the accent kind of fits and adds greatly to the character overall, making her by far the most dynamic and interesting character of the group.
Two more stand out characters come in the form of the creepy and sexual neighbours played by Demi Moore and Ty Burrell, who take a particular liking to Kravitz’s character Blair to say the least. It is such a different role for Burrell given every time he appears on screen it is impossible to separate him from his awkward Dad character of Phil Dunphy of Modern Family, but in a way that only makes the character more cringey and funny in the long run. Whilst Moore gives us all severe body envy and ultimate body goal aims as she struts round in revealing kaftans for most of her scenes.
Not to give too much away, but when the real stripper (Colton Haynes) arrives, some of the best lines of the film are delivered by him. After waking up practically naked and looking around dazed and confused, he shouts ‘I will not be your drug mule’ which makes you wonder what the poor guy had been through in the past. Likewise with the scene where a gun is fired quite literally from his groin, Haynes performance of the guy in the wrong place and the wrong time quite literally makes the second half of the film.
So is Rough Night amazing? No, it’s also very similar to many films of this kind of humour before it. It doesn’t add anything particularly new… except maybe the use of adult diapers… doesn’t break any boundaries or add thought provoking content. But with a film of this genre and one about a bachelorette party, no one would expect it to. It is a decent watch and very funny, and I would happily watch it again in the future.
So if you’re looking for a laugh and a chick flick with some eye candy (albeit most of the time the eye candy is unconscious) all rolled into one, the Rough Night is the one for you.