With a hugely great cast of comediennes, it was inevitable that Rough Night would somehow suck. The stakes were simply too high. As an audience and as a fan of most of the cast, I desperately wanted Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell and even Zoë Kravitz and Scarlett Johansson to be funny. Was that possible? Nope.
It’s Jess’ (Scarlett Johansson) bachelorette party in which she reunites with her college gal pals who have (mostly) all grown up, with the exception of Jess’ bestie, Alice (Jillian Bell). In Miami for a weekend-long celebration, the story appears to be a reimagining of The Hangover, with gender role reversal. Except, they kill a stripper.
For a comedy, the moments after they accidentally kill the stripper are brilliant. The scenes aren’t downplayed for laughs, these are serious and realistic moments that make the viewer feel uncomfortable and a little bit sick.
There’s enough to keep you entertained the first time round, if you’re able to suppress that tingle of disappointment in your belly. But really, with the combined talents from the likes of Broad City and Workaholics, not to mention McKinnon’s extraordinary portrayal of Jillian Holtzmann in Ghostbusters, this should have been funnier.