The idea behind Rough Night is sound – take every bachelor party movie you’ve ever seen only flip the genders. Okay, on board. Cast some amazingly funny women – Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johansson (not her calling card, but she kills on SNL). And let the hilarity ensue. Only hilarity does not ensue.
The plot plays out as expected: girls get together for a bachelorette weekend, hire a prostitute to be a stripper, accidentally kill him, try to get rid of the body. I guess other things happen, but really after a few days I’ve forgotten nearly everything about this movie. The thing that sticks out most is what a wasted opportunity it was. The talent was certainly capable enough, they seemed game for anything, McKinnon going full Aussie, but there was just no there there. Zoe Kravitz, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore, Dean Winters, Colton Haynes also star, Haynes’ earnest stripper character actually providing a few laughs way too late to be of any use.
There was a dramatic moment between the women late in the film that was completely unearned, but also shined a large light on what a missed opportunity this film was. What could’ve been a funny, even if it was slight, movie, was merely just a wasted mess.
My Grade – D-