Confusing message makes for rough night
MOVIE REVIEW Rough Night Rated: MA15+ Review: Emily Ace Rating: 4/10
The latest in a line of misguided, unoriginal, big-budget blunders is Rough Night — a flick thrown together with a smorgasbord of ideas borrowed from more successful films in the hope of finding a winning combination.
Instead, you have a film where the only people more confused than the audience were the writers, who seemingly had no idea of the message they were trying to portray or the direction the movie was headed towards.
Even the star-power line-up could not save this film, although I will admit seeing Scarlett Johansson in a comedy was a novelty.
Bride-to-be and politician Jess (Johansson) reunites with four college friends — the free-spirited “Aussie” Pippa (Kate McKinnon), rich-girl Blair (Zoe Kravitz), activist/feminist Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and the extremely clingy Alice — for a wild weekend of bachelorette celebrations in Miami.
After a nice dinner turns into snorting cocaine in a bathroom stall, the girls’ night spirals into an evening of debauchery, ending with the accidental death of a stripper.
The 81 minutes are filled with cheap laughs, walking stereotypes, crass jokes and terribly fake Australian accents.
If you are after a comedy which requires absolutely no brain power after a long day, this film could be for you.
It does have flashes of funny moments, but these are far outweighed by the amount of cringe-worthy scenes — especially the ones involving their sex-crazed neighbours.
The final nail in the coffin is the terribly wrapped-up ending.
Blair (Zoe Kravitz), Alice (Jillian Bell), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Frankie (Illana Grazer) and Pippa (Kate McKinnon) in Rough Night.