Comedies degenerate into silliness if there isn't some dramatic
offset, and “Rough Night” has its share of mood-altering moments.
Director Lucia Aniello isn't afraid to alternate slapstick and
sobering, best friend banter with catty put-down, stupid and stupefying,
raunchy and cheesy. There will
be some “girls night out” trips to go see this one together; the kind
where adult beverages are imbibed in preparation.
The cast of caricatures includes Jess (Scarlett Johansson), as
bride-to-be, Alice (Jillian Bell) as the fat-and-sassy best friend, Blair
(Zoe Kravitz), the token-black-who-doesn't-know-she's-black, Frankie (Ilana
Glazer), the professional protestor, and Kiwi (Kate McKinnon), the Aussie
who claims it's culturally insensitive to call her a Kiwi (a New
Zealander), but she answers to it, anyway.
All except Kiwi were college buddies of the bride, who met Kiwi
during her student exchange year, and just assumes everyone will get along
Except ten years after college, they no longer have so much in
common. Jess has “gone
straight,” and is campaigning to be a State legislator, and is very
sensitive about any public improprieties that might affect her political
image, which of course makes everyone else want to snort cocaine with her.
Jess' fiancee, Peter (Paul W. Downs), is having a bachelor party
while the girls fly off to Miami for their big bachelorette weekend, but
he and his groomsmen seem tame by comparison---they are doing some quiet
wine-tasting together. This
contrasts sharply with the girls going out clubbing and dancing and
downing shots together.
We know something's going to get out of hand, and throw everyone
into a tizzy, which is exactly what happens, but the fun is in all the
gyrations of getting there.
Don't go to this one if you're not in the mood for some “adult
humor.” And don't bring the
kids, either. But there are
some good, awkward comedic moments, that probably can't be re-told in your
Sunday School class.