Rough Night (2017)

Review by CJ

Lucia Aniello

Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer

Other notable appearances:
Ty Burrell, Demi Moore, Paul W. Downs, Ryan Cooper, Enrique Murciano, Dean Winters, Colton Haynes

Running time:
101 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Weekend at Bernie’s, The Hangover


Jess’s (Johansson) best friends get together to give her a bachelorette’s party she won’t forget. Accidentally murdering the stripper and figuring out how to dispose of his body weren’t on the agenda, but what happens at the bachelorette party stays at the bachelorette party.

After being delighted by the trailer months ago, I found Rough Night to be overwhelmingly average. All of the film’s funniest moments are in the trailers while some of the funniest moments from the trailers aren’t in the theatrical release at all. In a theatre with approximately eight other viewers, there was only one person who laughed out loud throughout the whole film.

That’s not to say Rough Night’s plot wasn’t interesting or that the film was totally unfunny. It just wasn’t laugh out loud funny and the scenes that had potential to be laugh out loud funny had been spoiled by watching the trailers.

The performances in Rough Night are decent, but not great, comedic performances. Unfortunately for the actors there is a lot of telling rather than showing in terms of character so there is a lot of stiff dialogue that wouldn’t sound casual if delivered by Meryl Streep herself.

Kate McKinnon is one of my favourite comedic actors, but I really wish they hadn’t made her character Australian or they had cast an actor with a real Australian accent. The accent wasn’t convincing or consistent throughout Rough Night. It was quite distracting despite some great physical and facial expression comedy deliveries.

I must admit that I loved the soundtrack for Rough Night. A wide range of artists have had their songs collected, including Wolfmother, The Divinyls, Khia, Marilyn Manson and Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg. The eclectic mix of songs and artists provides an upbeat and fun addition to the film.

Overall, Rough Night had an interesting enough plot that I didn’t find myself bored. But for a comedy film, I didn’t find it to be particularly funny. While I don’t believe Rough Night is particularly memorable or that it has any rewatch value, it’s worth checking out if it’s on TV and you don’t have anything else to do.


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