Every Summer brings with it those feel-good, female-centric comedies. Last year brought us Bad Moms; the year before we got Trainwreck and, this year, Scarlett Johansson leads a stellar comedic ensemble for Rough Night.

Jess (Johansson) is our blushing bride-to-be and, with her wedding quickly approaching, her best friend from college, Alice (Jillian Bell), plans a wild weekend of debauchery and antics in Miami for Jess' bachelorette party. Along for the party are Jess and Alice's other college besties Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoe Kravitz), and Jess' Australian friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon). However, things quickly derail when the girls accidentally murder a stripper and find themselves having to deal with the dead body.
It's a situation that provides a lot of great comedic moments and Rough Night can be very funny at times. The humour is often very low-brow, with a lot of penis/sex jokes and physical comedy on display, but it works well because of the excellent delivery from the cast. It's a real delight watching these girls interact with one another, their camaraderie is believable and fun and this cast all bounce superbly off of one another. The film is at its best when it focuses its attention on its characters and these off-kilter dynamics and relations; the humour is at its strongest here rather than when it focuses more on the situation itself surrounding a dead stripper. There is also a subplot involving Jess' fiance Peter (Paul W. Downs) which feels very out-of-place and shoehorned in and those comedic beats often fail to land too. Our main ensemble of girls though are the film's heart and where Rough Night shines.

The performances are excellent; everyone looks like they're having a blast in these roles and with this raunchy material and, again, the chemistry is brilliant. It's easy to invest in this group's tight-knit friendship because of how well everyone works with one another. The comedic timing and delivery is also superb and adds to just how well some of the jokes land. The characterisation is a little bland and predictable but there is enough of a charismatic and heartfelt pulse to keep us invested enough into the proceedings. It's definitely nothing new and the story and characters certainly don't do much in breaking any new ground but the film takes its material and executes it with enough wack and heart that it makes for a solid, enjoyable - if forgettable - comedy.

VERDICT:
Rough Night isn't hugely memorable nor is it anything new but it is still a charming, hilarious and rather entertaining comedy, nonetheless.

 

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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