ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – R – Rough Night (2017) Movie Review

Director: Lucia Aniello

Writer: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs (Screenplay)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Paul W Downs

Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Tagline – What’s Your Alibi?

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fails to Get Laughs

Story: Rough Night starts as politician Jess (Johansson) is going on her bachelorette party with her college friends Alice (Bell), Blair (Kravitz), Frankie (Glazer) and Pippa (McKinnon) in Miami, only for the first night everything goes horribly wrong when the stripper arrives.

The women need to decide what to do with the body before it get exposed which brings out the truth about how their lives haven’t gone the way they would have liked.

Thoughts on Rough Night

Characters – Jess is running for political office to help change the city for the better, only it is now her bachelorette party, she wants a quiet party, not wanting to disappointing her friends, she goes along with the flow. The events of the night make her questions her career, believing it could end this career. Alice is the bridesmaid who has arranged the whole weekend, she has been waiting for this weekend for weeks and always wants to be the centre of attention. Blair is the upper-class woman, a success on the outside, while having her own problems. Frankie is an activist that has been fighting for her causes, she secures drugs for the party and is the more street smart of the group. Pippa is the Australian friend that hasn’t met the group before, but is one of Jess’ closest friends from her time over there.

PerformancesScarlett Johansson does struggle to get the laughs involved in the film, well if we are in going to look at the laughs, nobody really hits many of the laughs, while they can show the real side to the problems they have in life.

StoryThe story here follows five friends on a bachelorette party in Miami when things don’t go to plan when they accidentally kill a stripper and learn about the changes they have made in their life. This is one of the typical pre-wedding story that ends up showing us the chaos which could happen during the night, while it does just become lazy in the way of just turning to the need for drugs to get through the night, while the heart of the story, being about changes they have gone through, to show how life has changed for them. The whole side story with the groom does feel overkill and more filler than anything else too.

ComedyThe comedy in the film misses more than anything else, the best part of the film does come from the more serious side of the film.

SettingsThe film uses the Miami setting, only we spend most of the time within the luxury home, instead of looking at the bigger side to the busy city.

Scene of the Movie – News flash.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses most of the laughs and ends up being save with the heart about change.

Overall: Comedy Lacking the Laughs.

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