Rough Night follows the weekend long bachelorette party of bride-to-be Jess (Scarlett Johansson), which, as you can probably guess, ends up being rather... rough. She meets up in Miami with her college roommate Alice (Jillian Bell), two of her college best friends who also used to date (Ilana Galzer & Zoe Kravitz), and much to the dismay of Alice, Jess' newest friend she met on a trip to Australia, Pippa (Kate McKinnon). While high on cocaine the first night of the trip, they have the idea to hire a stripper. When he arrives, the girls end up killing him by jumping on his body, knocking him over and slamming his head into the corner of a desk. Now, the five friends must attempt to dispose of the body before word gets out about their accidental murder.
The first act of this thing is your run-of-the-mill comedy, opening with character introductions as they arrive at their destination and things start out happy and fun. It's fine, it takes a while to get to the actual plot, but the cast and their instantly dynamite chemistry kept me tuned into the film early on. The jokes aren't funny all the time, you don't get the big laughs until the murder of the stripper in the second act, but they're there and they work. The film becomes considerably darker, but it never feels grim. It very confidently tells its wacky story. The third act unfortunately falters with a few shoehorned twists that take the unbelievable nature of the film up a notch. It was rather annoying. Not to mention you know exactly how this film is going to end moments before certain things are revealed. The film's final joke, however, is quite funny.
On the contrary, Jullian Bell still annoys the shit out of me. Throughout 22 Jump Street, Office Christmas Party and Fist Fight she plays an overly-concerned, loud and annoying character, and in Rough Night, she's at her most tolerable, but still fits in the typecast. There's one performance in the film I'm still quite torn on, and that's Paul W. Downs, who plays Johansson's groom. He's also the co-writer. You can tell he wrote the film because every ten minutes he finds it necessary to cut back to his ridiculous adventures. We cut to him six or seven times throughout the film and it almost always grinds the story to a halt. Maybe 3 of these sequences were funny, plus you can totally call what role his character will play once he finds his way into the third act. It was nice seeing one of my favorite comedians Bo Burnham pop up in a handful of these sequences, though.
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