Review by Lauryn Angel
The premise behind Rough Night is simple: a group of college friends get together for a bachelorette party and behave badly; hijinks ensue. It’s a good summer comedy – funny enough that you leave the theater with a smile on your face, but not funny enough to be particularly memorable.
Scarlett Johansson plays the bride-to-be, Jess, an aspiring politician who spends more time on her senatorial campaign than with her fiancée. Jillian Bell is Alice, an elementary school teacher who is Jess’s self-proclaimed best friend and the organizer of the bachelorette weekend. The core cast is completed by Ilana Glazer as a professional protestor, Zoe Kravitz as a wealthy soon-to-be divorcee, and Kate McKinnon as Jess’s roommate from her semester in Australia. The women have grown up and grown apart, with tensions created by Alice’s competition with the others to be Jess’s number one friend, as well as sexual tension between Blair (Kravitz) and Frankie (Glazer), who used to be lovers. Predictably, the women relieve the tension with alcohol and cocaine and end up back at the house. When a stripper arrives, things get out of hand, and the ladies have to deal with a dead body.
There are some fun gags in Rough Night – and there are quite a few that fall a bit flat. It’s not the most original comedy to come along, but it’s not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.
Get the Party Started Early on Digital Friday, August 25 and “The Rougher Morning” Edition Blu-ray™ Available September 5.
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