Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Illana Grazer and Kate McKinnon in a scene from Rough Night.
Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Illana Grazer and Kate McKinnon in a scene from Rough Night. Macall Polay

MOVIE REVIEW: Rough Night is rude, shocking and funny

FOUR best friends from college reunite 10 years after graduating, for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami.

What could possibly go wrong?

Their hard-partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper.

Amid the craziness of trying to cover it up, they are ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

The four friends are played by Scarlett Johansson (political hopeful Jess), Jillian Bell (mother of two and teacher Alice), Zoë Kravitz (recently separated Blair) and Ilana Glazer (activist Frankie).

At first the group feels like a total mismatch, with Johansson and Kravitz (yes, Lenny's daughter, now a consolidated Hollywood actress) making the move from superhero / science fiction action films to comedy.

Ryan Cooper, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson and Ilana Glazer in a scene from Rough Night.
Ryan Cooper, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson and Ilana Glazer in a scene from Rough Night. Peter Iovino

Then Kate McKinnon enters the story: she is Pippa, also known as Kiwi.

Pippa is Jess' Australian best friend but Alice keeps calling her Kiwi, which is very strange as McKinnon's accent is truly a New Zealander's and definitely not Australian - but we doubt American audiences will pick that up.

McKinnon's comedic brilliance is overshadowed by the fact that Johansson and Kravitz have plenty of sex appeal but very little comedic timing.

Demi Moore, Ty Burrell and Colton Haynes are also part of this film, providing cameo roles.

All three play stereotypical, comedic characters based on sexual deviancy.

The film was originally entitled Rock That Body, before being renamed Rough Night.

There are seriously funny jokes and situations in this film but others, although still funny, also fall into the "sexually awkward in an uncomfortable way" category.

Maybe the comedy will really live up to expectations to those watching from the safety of their living rooms.

Rough Night should be the next step from The Hangover (2009) but instead feels more like a female version of The Hangover 3 (2013).

It is still good.

A guaranteed funny night out with the girls.
 

 

Rough Night

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz

Director: Lucia Aniello

Rating: MA15+

Verdict: 3 stars


 


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