Movie Review: “Rough Night” Makes Premarital Stress A Hilarious Adventure

“While the movie is hilarious and borderline raunchy, director Lucia Aniello, in her directorial debut, gets mad props for co-writing an adventure-filled piece that provides plenty of action and humor, as it deeply touches the boundless limits of love and friendship.”


 

Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

In the opening scenes, it is obvious that the male vs female ego is going to be an underlying theme in this movie as random men and women try to one-up each other with childish games. The excitement of the entire film surrounds a group of five college friends (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer) who reunite after ten years to celebrate the impending marriage of bachelorette Scarlett Johansson (Jess). She is excited to get together with the group and rehash old times, yet she doesn’t quite know how to tell her buddies that her pending political career, as well as her fiancé (Paul Downs), has changed her priorities.

The challenges start happening very quickly as Jess tries unsuccessfully to make a short night of the bachelorette outing and her longtime friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon) who isn’t a part of the original clique, seems to stick out like a sore thumb amongst the core group. After a night of heavy liquor, crack cocaine, and relentless partying, the real fun starts when a male stripper gets invited to the guesthouse they’re staying in and quicker than he can take his coat off, the ladies try to jump his bones and he ends up with a head injury that kills him. The ladies bicker back and forth before deciding that the best option is to get rid of the body instead of calling the police. At the same time the ladies are celebrating, Jess’ fiancé is meeting with his guy friends with their own version of a bachelor party, and as they get totally stoned, he and Jess’ need to check on one another via the phone ends up with a confession that is totally misinterpreted and leaves her fiancé thinking Jess no longer wants to marry him. In an effort to prove his undying love, and just as I thought the movie could not get any sillier, he decides to take one of his guy pal’s ideas to re-enact the historical trip that disgraced Astronaut Lisa Nowak took driving from Texas to Florida in 2007 wearing a diaper so she would not have to stop. After he gets his buddies to dress him up in adult diapers, he begins a hilarious road trip that rivals that of the ladies’ predicament with the dead stripper.

While the movie is hilarious and borderline raunchy, director Lucia Aniello, in her directorial debut, gets mad props for co-writing (with Paul W. Downs) an adventure-filled piece that provides plenty of action and humor, as it deeply touches the boundless limits of love and friendship. Several situations beg to reflect on one’s own personal agenda when faced with the prospect of uniting as one cohesive unit and adjusting friendships and priorities accordingly.

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Tracee Bond

Tracee is a movie critic and interviewer who was born in Long Beach and raised in San Diego, California. As a Human Resource Professional and former Radio Personality, Tracee has parlayed her interviewing skills, interest in media, and crossover appeal into a love for the Arts and a passion for understanding the human condition through oral and written expression. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and considers it a privilege to be complimented for the only skill she has been truly able to master without formal training!
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