Con­fus­ing mes­sage makes for rough night

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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.

Pic­ture: Ma­call B. Po­lay

Blair (Zoe Kravitz), Alice (Jil­lian Bell), Jess (Scar­lett Jo­hans­son), Frankie (Il­lana Grazer) and Pippa (Kate McKin­non) in Rough Night.

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