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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rough Night (2017)

Five friends get together in Miami for a bachelorette party when one (Scarlett Johansson) of them is getting married. But after a night of binging on cocaine, they accidentally kill the stripper (Ryan Cooper) they hired and things go from bad to worse. Co-written and directed by Lucia Aniello, this should have been a wild and raunchy screwball comedy but it never catches fire. You can't blame the talented cast who rigorously go through their paces and occasionally manage to overcome the weak material but most of the time, it's just wheels spinning. It's not that I expected something fresh or original but I was hoping for a naughty laugh out loud comedy but this is a script that wasn't ready and needed a lot of fine tuning and tweaking. The five actresses (the other four are Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz and Ilana Glazer) are comedy gold and working on all cylinders but when the material isn't there, where can they go? Although female driven, there is one male that stands out and that's Paul W. Downs, who's adorable as Johansson's insecure fiance. Disappointing, yes but I was never bored. With Demi Moore and Ty Burrell who are amusing as a pair of aging swingers.

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