Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Rough Night is directed by Lucia Aniello, and it stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Zoe Kravitz. It follows a group of college friends as they reunite ten years after graduation for a bachelorette party. Things go horribly wrong when they accidentally kill the male stripper they hired, and they have no idea what to do about it.
I don't have a lot to say about this film. To put it simply, Rough Night fails to have any lasting effect on its audience. It's just another generic party-gone-wrong comedy that brings nothing new to the table. It has some funny moments, and I chuckled a few times at it, but I was never fully laughing.
Granted, I am definitely not the target audience for this film. I was not the type of person they had in mind when they were making Rough Night, so it doesn't appeal to me as much as it might for others. However, there were a decent amount of people in the theater when I saw it, and they never really laughed a lot either. They just had the occasional giggle, but never anything crazy. If you've seen literally almost any other "one last party" type movie, you've seen this movie and probably a better version of it.
The film's lackluster vibe must've been apparent on set because Kate McKinnon is the only one that actually seemed like she was having fun in this movie. She had an Australian accent, so her fun probably came exclusively from having a blast with that. I was curious to see how Scarlett Johansson would fare in a comedy such as this. Suprise! It wasn't well. She was sleepwalking through this movie. She didn't seem to care at all about actually giving a decent performance in this film. At times, Johansson's performance felt like the type you would see in video skit put together by a group of college kids you would find on YouTube. There might have been hints of talent in it, but nothing amazing.
To sum it up, Rough Night isn't that good. Actually, no, I'll say it. It's not good, at all really. It feels like a generic brand item you'd buy at Walmart for 99 cents. This is the type of movie you watch if you're in the mood for a comedy, but don't care enough to actually find a good one to watch. So, as a result, you just pick whatever is on Netflix or Pay-Per-View. The only somewhat redeeming thing about this film is Kate McKinnon because you can tell she had fun making this movie. Similar to Johansson's failed film this year, Ghost in the Shell, this film isn't actively bad, but it's bad nonetheless. Rough Night is forgettable, not very funny, and mediocre (when at its best). Why was this movie made? To try and capitalize on that summer comedy spot that usually yields big successes like Trainwreck and Neighbors? Well if that's what they aimed for, they missed, considering it came in 7th place on its opening weekend, which I would say fits the film pretty well.
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