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MovieBob Reviews ROUGH NIGHT 2017

first_img Is Rough Night Good?It’s pretty good.Can you elaborate on that?I can – I’m not sure that I should. Good mainstream comedy is one of the hardest types of film to properly “review” because they’re usually built on a very basic, broad premise that lives or dies bases on telling a lot of great jokes. And if you tell people the jokes you’re kind of guaranteeing they won’t get as much out of them as you did.Well… what’s it about, at least?Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz are a group of now-grownup college best friends reuniting for Johansson’s bachelorette party in Florida along with Kate McKinnon as her relative newcomer buddy from Australia. Through a series of misunderstandings and complications, a male exotic dancer winds up accidentally dead in the house they’re staying at, and through even more misunderstandings and complications they wind up making themselves all look very, very guilty of manslaughter. And as they all have various reasons beyond the obvious to not want to be imprisoned for this, they resolve to dispose of the body and cover up the whole incident, which spirals out into even MORE misunderstandings and complications.So it’s a gender-flipped Very Bad Things?The “accidentally-killed sex worker” setup is similar to that, yes. But the tone is completely different. Very Bad Things was purposefully nihilistic and at times seemed to either approve of (or at least find glibly humorous) the idea of a dead woman’s body as literal plot device. Whereas Rough Night (despite the misleading trailers) is all about finding absurd humor in the horror of the situation and the desperation of the characters – all of whom are mortified by what’s happened. Also, without getting into spoiler territory: The circumstances of what’s going on handily establish a lack of malice and reasonable (for this kind of comedy) explanation for why they wind up looking guilty of more than being present during a freak accident.Is it similar to Bridesmaids?Only in the sense that it’s an R-rated adult comedy with a predominantly female lead cast. Otherwise, it’s very different. Aiming more for the kind of upscale/lowbrow hybrid humor that characterized a lot of the later Blake Edwards comedies (think Skin Deep). It also has a zany, quick-witted, tightly-plotted “screwball comedy” tone (reminiscent of writer/director Lucia Aniello’s contributions to Broad City) that’s about as far removed from Paul Feig’s leisurely improvisational ‘feelgoodism’ as you can get.Who gives the standout performance(s)?It’s a very good cast, especially the main five women. But if I had to name MVPs it’d be a toss-up between Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer. Glazer because she’s playing a character type who’s usually a caricature in mainstream comedy (a streetwise political-activist gay woman) as a three-dimensional human in very refreshing ways. McKinnon because they’ve very interestingly set her up as the audience surrogate (she’s meeting most of Scarlett’s other friends for the first time and, as a foreigner, is amused/perplexed by a lot of American idioms). But also as a kind of human laugh-track for the rest of the jokes. Paul W. Downs (Trey from Broad City, also the director’s husband) has a hilarious subplot as Johansson’s fiancee that your best not knowing too much about beforehand.Does anything make it notably different than a typical comedy like this?Lot’s of little details in the way the characters and scenario play out. Kravitz and Glazer’s characters were originally a couple, and it’s a running gag that everyone but them can easily tell they’re still crazy about each other even though Kravitz is now married (to a man) with children, but it’s played sentimental and doesn’t fetishize their same-sex flirting. There are a few bits juxtaposing the rowdy/raunchy women with Downs and his guy friends who are all atypically sophisticated/sensitive men that gets laughs from the contrast. It’s also interesting that, instead of creating overcomplicated rationales for calling the police, they point out that women and/or people of color in their situation can’t necessarily trust them.So you recommend it?I do. I don’t know that it’s a “classic,” but I laughed a lot, and it played as a crowd-pleaser at my screening. If you’re a fan of the genre or any of the main cast, it’s probably a safe bet. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more