Rough Night not one to re­mem­ber

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Jessie Pa­pain

Rough Night (MA15+) 2.5 stars Star­ring Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Jil­lian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKin­non Di­rected Lu­cia Aniello

When the trailer for Rough Night first dropped ear­lier this year, many were quick to la­bel it a fe­male ver­sion of The Hang­over.

At a pre­cur­sory glance, it’s easy to see why. A gag­gle of four col­lege girl­friends head to Mi­ami for a bach­e­lorette week­end, get blind drunk, take drugs and all hell breaks loose.

There are the dirty jokes and the se­ries of mis­ad­ven­tures that go from bad to worse over the course of the night.

The strait-laced cen­tral char­ac­ter, played by Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, who just can’t be­lieve how they have ended up in such a mess, and the kooky, off­beat side­kick, in this case Satur­day Night Live’s Kate McKin­non as the to­ken Aus­tralian friend (try­ing to pass off a bizarre Aussie ac­cent ).

It has all the hall­marks of a pre-wed­ding-bash-gone-wrong flick and there are many belly laughs to be had but its pre­dictabil­ity and for­mu­laic plot pre­vent it from achiev­ing the comedic highs of the Hang­over tril­ogy.

The film be­gins with a flash­back to a col­lege party show­ing the tight-knit bond be­tween Jess (Jo­hans­son), Alice (Jil­lian Bell), Blair (Zoe Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer). Flash for­ward 10 years to the present and the girls are no longer as close, with Jess (sport­ing a new con­ven­tional hair­cut) run­ning for the sen­ate and about to marry Peter (Paul W. Downs).

En­cour­aged by the nos­tal­gic Alice, the pals re­unite in Florida for Jess’ bach­e­lorette week­end, joined by McKin­non’s Pippa, and at­tempt to put aside their dif­fer­ences with a night of hard par­ty­ing.

Along the way, a strip­per gets called to the house and winds up dead in a pool of blood, set­ting a cat­a­strophic chain of events in mo­tion as the drug-ad­dled women at­tempt to dis­pose of the body.

It’s a dif­fer­ent role for Jo­hans­son and she doesn’t seem to fully show off her comedic chops, in­stead leav­ing it to Bell and McKin­non to de­liver the con­stant bar­rage of fe­male-cen­tric gaffes that make many men cringe.

Jo­hans­son has said it’s not a chick flick but it’s hard to imag­ine Rough Night reach­ing a broader au­di­ence and, while raunchy and rude at times, it does still feel a lit­tle pedes­trian.

How­ever, there are a few well-timed mo­ments where the movie turns con­ven­tion on its head and this is its sav­ing grace, like the con­trast of Peter’s own buck’s night, where the gents are sit­ting around a ta­ble hav­ing a tame wine tast­ing .

It’s a re­fresh­ing spin and nice to see a gen­der stereo­type thrown out of the win­dow.

Pic­ture: Ma­call B. Po­lay

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

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