Rough Night – Film Review

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
Rough Night is a comedic film starring Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon among others.
The film follows a group of women who were best friends in college as they meet in Miami ten years after graduation to celebrate the bachelor party of their very own Jess played by Scarlett Johansson. Things tke a turn for the worse when the stripper they had booked for the party ends up dead in their living room, and now they have to decide what to do with the body to ensure that they do not get into trouble with the police. As the night progresses, all the repressed and unsaid bitterness amongst them comes to the fore. How they overcome this and get through the night is what forms the rest of the film.

What’s Good?
The dynamics of the relationship between the friends feel real and this works in favor of the film. The main focus of the film is the relationship between Scarlett Johansson and Jillian Bell, best friends who have drifted apart, one going on to be successful and the other still living in the past, and this dynamic is brought out well in the film. Some of the jokes work in spite of the absurdity of the situation and there is some dark comedy here as well that works in the films favor.

What’s Not?
The problem with the film is that it feels too derivative of previous comedies like The Hangover and Weekend at Bernie’s. All the proceedings have a seen-before feel to it. Some of the dialogue here feels forced, like the writers wanted to push in as many jokes as they can.
This is the kind of film that you laugh along when you watch it, but forget once the film is over.

Performances
Scarlett Johansson  is pretty average in the film. She does not have the comedic chops like some of her colleagues and it shows in the film. Jillian Bell as the overbearing best friend is good in her role. Kate McKinnon is doing funny faces like she does in her other films and has a few good scenes here and there. Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz are OK in their respective limited roles.

Final Word
An average comedy with a few laughs, this film can be watched on a lazy Sunday afternoon when you have time to kill.


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