Written/Directed By Lucia Aniello.
By Brian Wallinger
This dark comedy film is one of the funnier films of this month, yet it's still a pretty bad experience. It made up of generic gags used from previous, more successful comedies of the decade. Even with the film's cast of Scarlett Johansson, SNL's Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glaze, Jillian Bell, and Zoe Kravits, Rough Night proves that sometimes popular sitcom actors don't necessarily find the same level of success on the silver screen. It could be due to their performances, the material (or lack of), or even poor direction. The film takes place at a gathering in Miami when a group of best friends get together for a wedding shower of Johansson's character. A simple night out filled with liquor and cocaine leads to an accidental murder and the film takes off, ultimately becoming a flat and forgettable bust.
Even Kate McKinnon couldn't save this movie. Her character becomes overbearing utilizing an Australian accent that turns from mildly funny to completely annoying in the blink of an eye. The cast never finds a real sense of chemistry, staying firmly confined within the film's dull structure. Barely running on fumes, with a number of raunchy sex jokes, Rough Night becomes a rough time at the cinema.