Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night is by no means a perfect comedy, but thanks to its game stars and some fun set pieces, it’s an ideal watch for anyone up for a wee laugh.
The film stars Scarlett Johansson as bride to be Jess, who reluctantly heads to Miami for her bachelorette party along with besties Alice (Jillian Bell), Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz). After accidentally murdering a stripper hired to make Jess “feel special” the girls must pull themselves and their deteriorating friendships together to find a way out of it.
When these funny ladies come together, the magic really unfolds on screen, providing some laugh out loud moments, like when Glazer’s Frankie goes a little hard on some party favours. Throw in a cheeky group dance number, a threesome with Demi Moore and Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, and one paranoid but sweet finance (Paul W. Downs), and Rough Night proves itself to have a basics of a wild comedy, though perhaps not the goods to help it go all the way.
As always, Kate McKinnon is utterly majestical on the screen, this time playing Australian Pippa, who brings an outsider’s perspective to the relationships in the group. Her exchanges with Bell’s Alice are golden, and the exaggerated accent worked surprisingly in the former SNL star’s favour. I must also commend Paul W. Downs, who plays Jess’s finance, and manages to steal a good chunk of the film. Watching the character going from calm and cool to paranoid and desperate really had me going, and Downs had just the right approach to each outrageous moment.
Unfortunately, Rough Night is nowhere near as clever as similar fare we’ve seen the past five years, but for an easy watch and a good laugh it certainly fits the bill.