Rough Night tells the story of the things that go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.
This is a film we’ve seen before and it brings nothing new to the table apart from the fact that it’s an all female lead cast that gives it a whiff of fresh air. I saw Rough Night after a weekend of working at a convention and just wanted to see something that would help me wind down and for that, it served its purpose: it was a mindless film where events occurred, in places that you expected they would, and the characters reacted to said events, in the way that you expected they would.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if much of the audience that went to see the film thought that the dick jokes and the characters doing stupid things when mixing alcohol and drugs was just plain stupidly boring. However, in saying this, this part of the audience clearly went into the film with a different expectation: Rough Night shouldn’t be taken seriously and because of that, a much more enjoyable time could be taken out of it.
Rough Night isn’t perfect but it is fun, even when every joke wasn’t laugh out loud yet worthy enough of a snort at least. The first act of the film is by far the weakest but most needed to establish Rough Night, though the characters, along with their traits and personalities, are obvious. Once you get past this, the film really gets going and events start to spiral out of control. And what the best part about of the latter two acts of the film is that the female characters aren’t sexualised in anyway that the female characters in, say, The Hangover films in which Rough Night was compared to. For what the film is, this is actually quite nice to see.
And being an Australian, going into this film knowing that a non-Australian in Kate McKinnon was playing an Australian made me nervous. There were times where her accent seemed a little over the top or she even lost it completely, but overall, it remained consistent throughout unlike other on screen attempts. It also would’ve been great to seen an Australian fill the role as there’s no shortage of Australian’s in Hollywood with Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne (who used her native accent in comedy Neighbours along with its sequel), Isla Fisher, Teresa Palmer, Abbie Cornish, and Rebel Wilson (much like Rose Byrne, used her native accent in the Pitch Perfect movies) making an impact.
It’s nice to see Scarlett Johansson taking on a comedy as she’s mostly been known for her drama films or kicking ass along with the Avengers. Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz don’t disappoint as they give their own fair share of laughs. The friendship between the characters was something that could really be believed and that’s something that could be commended on. The surprise appearance of Demi Moore was nice as, much like Johansson, wasn’t something that the audience or myself were expecting. And with all these female characters, it was good to see that they weren’t portrayed in a one dimensional way.
Rough Night offers a lot more than the typical storyline it follows that many of the male lead films fail to deliver on. Though it may not be the most memorable film, and one that may not be getting much attention amongst the other slew bigger budgeted or more series films out now, it’s at least something you can switch off to while having a laugh.