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"Rough Night" Film Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Rough Night certainly lives up to its name, not because of the events in the film itself but because it's roughly cut. It was a good attempt, but it doesn't hold up to other films just like it such as The Hangover and Very Bad Things. In fact, wasn't this film an all-lady remake of Very Bad Things?

The story follows Jess (Scarlett Johansson) and her friends Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoe Kravitz), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and Pippa (Kate McKinnon) as they all meet up in Miami after 3 years of not seeing each other. They are all together to throw Jess the bachelorette party of a lifetime. Frankie not only grabs them some cocaine but also hires a craigslist stripper/prostitute for the night. Things seem to be going well but the stripper has a nasty fall, hits his head and dies instantly. The girls now have to figure out what they can do to hide all evidence in order to stay out of prison.

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Since this is a raunch comedy, I expected there to be genitalia jokes as there always are. Alice, however, was a little too obsessed with said jokes and that got annoying really fast. As far as the humor goes, I think I laughed hard once and chuckled one or two times after that. It was sadly not well-written which is mostly due to the fact that the relatively unknown-to-comedy Lucia Aniello wrote and directed. She has written and directed a few Broad City episodes but that's the extent of her comedy knowledge.

The story itself was very uneven. They spent a lot of time on freaking out and trying to figure out what to do and the big revelation at the end was criminally cut short and was very anti-climactic.

The acting was decent. Each girl basically played herself except for Kate who attempted to play an Australian. I love Kate but why couldn't they hire an Australian to play an Australian?

In conclusion, Rough Night is worth seeing as a rental, but I wouldn't pay ticket price to see it in theaters. Wait until it is on DVD and have a fun night with your friends at the comfort of your own home. I give Rough Night a 2 out of 4.

© 2017 Nathan Jasper

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