A bit of Bridesmaids here, a lot of The Hangover there, a hint of Weekend at Bernie's along the way and, most importantly, a starting point that furiously reminds Peter Berg's very first film, Very Bad Things. In this black comedy, which dates back almost twenty years or so, the death of a prostitute, hired on the occasion of a bachelor party, has broken the party dramatically.
In Rough Night, the genres are reversed, but the premise is exactly the same. That said, the director Lucia Aniello, who directs her first feature film after making her mark on the Broad City series produced by Comedy Central, takes on a decidedly lighter tone.
Thus, four college girlfriends find themselves ten years after their crazy years to celebrate in Miami for a whole weekend, before one of them, Jesse (Scarlett Johansson) does not have the wedding with Peter (Paul W. Downs, who also co-wrote the screenplay with the director).
Even though she remains on her reserve at the outset, Jesse, who campaigns to try to be elected to the Senate of the United States, is quickly tempted by a nostalgic return to the excesses of yesteryear with the girlfriends. Coke lines, glasses, and temptations are no longer counted. While the wise men of the bridegroom engage in a formal evening of tasting great wines, where the most exciting exercise is to find the right qualifier to describe the scent of the precious nectar bursts and falls quickly in trouble.
Without disclosing anything, even if the event comes very early in history, let's say that the inevitable stripper will not leave the luxurious apartment of South Beach, loaned for the occasion by a generous donator of the campaign of Jesse,
In this kind of film, which runs extremely predictably, everything lies in execution. On this level, the director Aniello does not transcend anything. On the other hand, the actresses chose to evoke this shower of hell manages to give punch to gags whose level, honestly, is not always equal to the ambitions. It is also good to see Scarlett Johansson make an incursion into a genre that is unusual to her.
Jillian Bell, who plays the unmarried best friend is a little too possessive and draws the best of a character that falls under the cliché. Ilana Glazer, a leftist lesbian activist, has inherited a poorly drawn role. It would also have been desirable for the authors to take advantage of the character that Zoë Kravitz encamped.
The latter plays the former lover of the girlfriend militant and is now stuck in a legal battle for the custody of her son with the husband she left six months ago. She is also coveted by the couple of open neighbors that comprise of Ty Burrell and Demi Moore. That said, Kate McKinnon, who experienced a royal year at Saturday Night Live, saves himself once again with honors by slipping into the skin.
Thanks to her, and to her partners too, Rough Night features fun moments. This light, pleasant, but eminently forgettable entertainer will not, however, pass into history.