Rough Night was a rough movie. While some of it was funny most of it was a play on male bonding comedies done many times before. I found Rough Night down right silly yet tolerable. There were quite a few “not so bad moments” along with too many annoying moments, as well.
The movie starts in 2006 with 4 friends Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) in their first year of college. During this period of friendship and bonding, they are doing what first year students do, attending silly parties and performing senseless acts, like spitting a ball across the room to break a rubber boob. Oh my, what a party that was. Guys dressed in thongs, women dressed in ridiculous outfits that served no purpose and everyone just drank and did stupid things. Nothing that really resembles a real party like dancing and meaningful conversation. The film then takes us 10 years in the future where Jess is running for office and is engaged to be married to Peter (Paul W. Downs). She seems to be out of touch with her old friends from college except for her upcoming bachelorette party. Alice, who always considered herself Jess’s best friend, decides that the four friends should spend the weekend in Miami partying. They are also joined by Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess’s friend from a semester she attended in Australia. The friends get high and party at a club and then decide to hire a male stripper (Ryan Cooper). When the stripper arrives, the adventure really gets going.
The series of events is the meat of Rough Night so I can’t list what follows. There’s a death, misunderstandings, an unexpected trip, unexpected sex, oversexed neighbors (Ty Burrell and Demi Moore), robbers, wild emotions, make ups, break ups, bodies, handcuffs, drugs, burner phones, diamonds, boats, a cop (Colton Haynes), hellos and good-byes. Rough Night is a roller coaster of crazy. It starts off crazy and ends crazy with crazy in the middle. Good acting — but doesn’t measure up to any of the guy bonding movies like The Hangover Trilogies. I would wait for the DVD.