Pitched as the next Bridesmaids and set to appeal to women everywhere, Rough Night is an all-female comedy that centres around a bachelorette party gone wrong.
With crazy antics, laughs and a healthy dose of girl power, this isn’t a ﬁlm to skip past. When a group of college friends are reunited after 10 years (and various relationships and life changes in between), Jess, Alice, Blair, Frankie and Pippa are set for a wild weekend of fun to celebrate Jess’ upcoming wedding.
Despite Pippa’s only link to the group being Jess, Alice’s inability to let the past go and Blair and Frankie’s past romance creating all sorts of extra tension, the girls seem determined to make the best of the weekend, until disaster strikes and their male stripper is killed.
When dumping the body doesn’t work, the girls need to clear their names and try to get back on schedule for their weekend.
Scarlett Johansson leads the ladies as Jess, the bride-to-be who just can’t seem to break away from her career. She’s the main link between all characters but doesn’t take away screen time from anyone else.
Jillian Bell (Alice), Zoe Kravitz (Blair), Kate McKinnon (Pippa) and Ilana Glazer (Frankie) are all given a balance between characters and while it’s easy to pair off the subplots as Blair against Frankie and Pippa against Alice, when all ﬁve ladies are on screen something just seems to work and they bounce off each other quite well.
Short appearances by Ty Burrell and Demi Moore are a little odd and once their token scenes are done their characters are completely forgotten, and cut scenes to the men’s bachelor party (a much more low-key affair) could have been done without, but everything does all come together in a neat package by the end of the ﬁlm.
There’s also diversity in sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds, which could be a ploy to satisfy a larger audience but it feels natural.
As far as the comedy goes, there are plenty of laughs to sustain audiences without anything feeling forced and most jokes are tasteful (and occasionally rude, as to be expected at a bachelorette party) without being offensive.
Rough Night is the perfect ﬁlm for a girls’ night out. Make sure you stick around until the very end of the credits for two little extra scenes.
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