"Rough Night" looked like it could be funny to me, and I liked the cast, so I knew I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, I found it to be yet another iteration of the party genre, riddled with plot points stolen from other, more successful films.
At its core, the premise appealed to me: it looked like a bachelorette party movie with elements of "Weekend at Bernie's". In actuality, most of the latter elements were removed from the final product even though they were some of the funniest parts showcased in the trailer. The story is predictable as a whole, but what disappointed me was that it just wasn't funny. A lot of the gags went on for too long or were just forced. There were a few moments which were legitimately funny, and a handful more during which I cracked a smile, but there was only one that I would consider to be hilarious. The character development is also very weak, as is usual for ensemble comedies. I actually had more fun watching the elements of the subplot than most of the main plot, and that is not a good thing.
There were some legitimate issues with casting. Scarlett Johansson is out of her game in this one. I don't know if she was just not passionate about the role or if she was just uncomfortable, but she doesn't work. Jillian Bell plays the same person she always does, and quite frankly, it's starting to get a little old. Ilana Glazer annoys the heck out of me and always has. I usually like Kate McKinnon, but her role was seriously flawed. It seemed like she was forced to do an (in-and-out) Australian accent for a single gag. Why? Zoe Kravitz is okay, and Ty Burrell has a funny supporting role. I also liked all of the guys in the bachelor party.
I guess I was just really hoping that this movie would be funnier. I tried not to judge it based on cinematic quality, but even on just comedic ability, it usually fails.
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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