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Scarlett Johansson leads this R-rated bachelorette party comedy as the bride-to-be, reunited with her longtime friends played by Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road). More

Scarlett Johansson leads this R-rated bachelorette party comedy as the bride-to-be, reunited with her longtime friends played by Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Determined to get their freak on in Miami, the squad spend the night getting loose and slamming drugs. But when a male stripper accidentally dies in their hands, their weekend suddenly goes into panic mode. From the writer-director of Broad City.

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Directed by Lucia Aniello (feature debut)

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs, Demi Moore, Ty Burrell, Dean Winters

Rated R16, Violence, offensive language, drug use, sex scenes & content that may disturb | 1:41 | Comedy |

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Flicks REVIEW

By Liam Maguren

Hollywood shat out some dull comedies this year with Fist Fight, CHiPS, Snatched and... Read more

Hollywood shat out some dull comedies this year with Fist Fight, CHiPS, Snatched and Baywatch. Thank goodness director Lucia Aniello (Broad City) made her feature debut, delivering a solid laugh machine centred on five friends reuniting at a bachelorette party.

They haven’t let loose in a decade, but when they do, it results in someone dying. Scarlett Johansson proves a great comedic straight woman as the bride-to-be. The always-funny Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street, The Night Before) gets the co-lead role she deserves as the self-anointed BFF. Kate McKinnon does her usual mix of quick quips and funny faces at half the speed of SNL. (She also sports a good Ozzie accent 90% of the time, though goofs on the other 10%.) With all that Broad City experience, Aniello knows exactly when to snap Ilana Glazer out and pull her back in like a comically sharpened Swiss Army Knife. Zoë Kravitz feels watered down in comparison, but her character’s shamelessly high maintenance ways still earn some chuckles.

It’s a shame the actual storytelling couldn’t have been better. The film spends a lot of time pulling the ‘How are they going to get out of this?’ card only to tear it up when the script throws out a number of convenient coincidences to solve their problems. At a certain point, the film stops pushing the plot forward and instead repeatedly throws it like a boomerang. At that stage, nothing really progresses and there aren’t enough jokes to pick up the slack. If you feel the film dragging in the mid-section, this is why.

But this only holds a good comedy back from being a great one. With lines that don’t feel like half-assed improv and R-rated humour that isn’t just crass for crassness's sake, Rough Night is the tequila shot you won’t painfully regret in the morning.

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THE PEOPLE’S REVIEWS (2 Ratings, 1 Review)
Scarlett and her posse on the prowl 3/5 stars.

By Alissa-Warren

It was amusing, Scarlett has great comic timing and the female cast that surrounded her are priceless. The script was not surprisingly predictable but the... Read more

It was amusing, Scarlett has great comic timing and the female cast that surrounded her are priceless. The script was not surprisingly predictable but the characters are likable even if the story is silly and runs out of puff fairly quickly. Nice little cameos by Demi Moore and that guy from "Modern Family" as an oversexed couple and Colton Haynes as a stripper. Hide
CRITICS REVIEW
Stuff.co.nz (Sarah Watt)

Certainly in the upper echelons of the "Girls Can Be Funny Too Without Having To Act Like Men" genre.

Certainly in the upper echelons of the "Girls Can Be Funny Too Without Having To Act Like Men" genre. Hide
The Guardian (UK)

A fun night will be had, but you'll have trouble remembering it in the morning.

A fun night will be had, but you'll have trouble remembering it in the morning. Hide
Vulture

The set pieces feel increasingly obligatory, tenuously stitched into the larger plot with thinner and thinner thread.

The set pieces feel increasingly obligatory, tenuously stitched into the larger plot with thinner and thinner thread. Hide
Hollywood Reporter

Mostly, it's a flavourless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended victim of the... Read more

Mostly, it's a flavourless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended victim of the girls gone wild. Hide
Variety (USA)

The best thing about "Rough Night" is the feisty, claws-out spontaneity of its competitive banter between "sisters" who love and hate each other.

The best thing about "Rough Night" is the feisty, claws-out spontaneity of its competitive banter between "sisters" who love and hate each other. Hide
News Corp (Australia)

Rough Night didn't rewrite the book and it's often thoroughly silly. But it's also - like hen's nights are supposed to be but never are - a lot of fun.

Rough Night didn't rewrite the book and it's often thoroughly silly. But it's also - like hen's nights are supposed to be but never are - a lot of fun. Hide
New York Times

That women can be as deadly or immoral as men isn't new or interesting, and here it also isn't all that entertaining.

That women can be as deadly or immoral as men isn't new or interesting, and here it also isn't all that entertaining. Hide
NewsHub.co.nz (Kate Rodger)

A couple of all too short and sweet laugh-out-loud moments early on soon gives way to silly, screeching, dullsville - and a damn shame too.

A couple of all too short and sweet laugh-out-loud moments early on soon gives way to silly, screeching, dullsville - and a damn shame too. Hide

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