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Rough Night Movie Review: Different Movie But Same Gimmicks

Rough Night

Rough Night is about a group of college friends reuniting for a bachelorette weekend in Miami to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of their friend Jess (Scarlett Johansson). Their circle consists of the rich friend Blair (Zoe Kravitz), the rebel activist Frankie (Ilana Glazer), the annoying best friend Alice (Jillian Bell), and the new Australian friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon). Alice has pulled out all of the stops to make this the best bachelorette ever but things quickly take a turn for the worst when a stripper ends up dead in their house. From then on, we are taken on a raunchy yet sometimes funny ride as the women attempt to cover up the murder and get rid of the body.

Rough Night

Given the material this A-list cast was given, these women do their best to provide some good laughs mixed with good acting. Scarlett Johannson does well as the accomplished put together bride who has become a bore since her college days due to her running for political office. Jillian Bell is decent as the jealous best friend who tends to make bad decisions with good intentions that only dig the women into an even deeper hole. Kravitz and Glazer also hold their own as the previous lovers who lives have gone into two separate directions. To no surprise,  Kate McKinnon provides some good laughs as the Australian friend of Jess who gets under Alice’s skin.

Rough Night

My main issue with this film is it tries too hard to bring the same raunchy laughs as some of its films predecessors  (The Hangover and Bridesmaids). With this great cast, the women were not given any original material to make this film their own. Instead, we see the same gimmicks we have seen over and over again (minus the murder) and as a result, the movie falls flat. Don’t get me wrong, there are some funny scenes in this film but not enough to make me want to watch this movie again.

Rough Night

This movie was better than I thought it would be, but with all of the hype surrounding it, I was left wanting more. I hope with the upcoming movie Girls Trip,  that we are shown something better and more original. What the world really needs is for Kate McKinnon to star in her own movie instead of being the savior for these poor comedic films.  I would have to recommend you WAIT to see this film. This movie would be better suited for a Redbox rental for a night in.

Rough Night hits theaters this Friday, June 16th. Click here to purchase your tickets from Fandango so you don’t get sold out. Have you seen Rough Night? Share your thoughts on the film in the comment section below!

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9 thoughts on “Rough Night Movie Review: Different Movie But Same Gimmicks

  1. This movie was funny. Kate McKinnon was definitely its saving grace and provided the majority of the laughs. It is reminiscent of Bridesmaids, but from the previews I expected that going in. Stay after the credits for bonus scenes!

  2. I thought the movie was funny a lot of times, cheesy at others…definitely was expecting more. I too would have to agree that you could just wait to rent it or watch it on Netflix if picked up by them. The ladies did a good job delivering the comedic aspect of the film. It was good though overall. 3/3.5 stars for this film.

  3. To be totally honest, I really liked the movie. I thought is was funny and normally I dont go for those types of movies (ie – I hated Bad Moms). The only thing about the movie that I did not like is that I really did not ser the point of the Australian character

  4. Rough Night was a very entertaining film, that I would have probably never saw without screening passes it wouldn’t have been on my radar. I was pleasantly surprised there are plenty of laugh out loud moments! For movie that fall in the outrageous category genre I turn off logic and just enjoy the film! I was throughly entertained! This movie receives a B+ in my book!

  5. It’s ok. Not too bad but it made me laugh enough that I was never bored. Kate was definitely the MVP and Zoe is such a cutie. If you’re looking for a silly comedy to see to keep you entertained for 90 minutes then I would recommend it.

  6. Overall the movie was okay, and I agree that this is a movie to wait for. It definitely provided cheap laughs, but nothing original. I also could have gone without Zoe being the exotic sexual fantasy of the creepy neighbors.

  7. This movie was very funny. Oh my, it hit on so many areas. Great casting, storyline, and acting. Very smart and humorous. I enjoy this movie. I give it a C ladies and gentleman.

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