Rough Night (2017)
|Writer||Paul W. Downs|
|Genre||Comedy, Crime, Thriller|
|Content Rating||R (R)|
|Awards||Awards1 win & 1 nomination|
|Company||Paulilu Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)|
Rough Night (released in some countries as Girls' Night Out) is a 2017 American black comedy film directed by Lucia Aniello (in her feature debut) and written by Aniello and Paul W. Downs. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Paul Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore, and follows a bachelorette party that goes wrong after a male stripper dies.
The film was released in the United States on June 16, 2017, by Sony Pictures Releasing to goes through Columbia Pictures, received mixed reviews and grossed $47 million worldwide against a production budget of about $26 million.
In 2006, four friends, Jess, Alice, Frankie and Blair, bond during their first year of college. A decade later they reunite as Jess is about to marry Peter. Alice decides that the four should spend the weekend in Miami partying. They are also joined by Pippa, Jess's friend from her semester in Australia.
The friends get high and party at a club and then decide to hire a male stripper. Arriving at the door, he makes Jess uncomfortable with his rough talk. Alice decides to take a turn, jumping on him, causing them to both fall and the stripper to die after hitting his head on the fireplace. Before they decide what to do, Jess takes a call from Peter and mentions that her friends hired a stripper and she is confused. Peter thinks that she is leaving him and decides to race down to Miami to convince her to take him back.
The friends purchase a burner phone to call Blair's lawyer uncle. After telling them they moved the body, he tells them they could face up to fifteen years in prison unless no body is found. The friey decide to dispose of the body, throwing it into the ocean.
After doing so, they think the neighbors' security camera caught them on tape, and send Blair to seduce them for the footage, only to discover the cameras don't work after she has slept with them. By this point, the body has washed up back on the shore and they must come up with a new plan to dispose of it.
A police officer knocks on their door and Frankie knocks him out after he gropes her, only for them to realize he was the stripper they had hired, leaving them to wonder who was killed. They try to dispose of the body again, with the stripper's car, only to return defeated after a car accident. Then when Alice finds out Jess invited Frankie and Blair to a bridal shower over her, Jess berates her for her obsessive clinginess and storms off to prepare for the consequences.
At this point, two police officers arrive and tell the women they are not in trouble as the man they killed was a violent criminal who had been on the run from the police. As they interrogate the women Pippa realizes that the "police" are actually accomplices of the man killed. Realizing they are caught, the men tie up the women and the now-awakened stripper and threaten to shoot them.
Jess meanwhile has missed most of the drama due to being upstairs taking a shower in preparation for her mugshot. Realizing what has happened, she subdues one of the captors using hairspray and handcuffs and fights off the other one as he prepares to kill Blair. After Alice shoots the second captor, the first reappears, having removed the toy handcuffs, only to be run over by Peter, high on the drugs he took to keep him awake on his roadtrip to Miami.
Jess reaffirms that she wants to marry Peter and they do it that weekend at a foam party with their friends. Frankie and Blair reunite as a couple and Alice hooks up with Scotty, the police officer stripper from the bachelorette party.
In a mid-credits scene, Pippa sings lyrics that allude to the evening., and after the credits Alice finds the thief's stolen diamonds.
- Scarlett Johansson as Jessica "Jess" Thayer
- Jillian Bell as Alice
- Kate McKinnon as Pippa/Kiwi
- Ilana Glazer as Frankie
- Zoë Kravitz as Blair
- Paul W. Downs as Peter
- Demi Moore as Lea
- Ty Burrell as Pietro
- Ryan Cooper as Jay ("Scotty"), the fake stripper
- Colton Haynes as Scotty McBody, the real stripper
- Dean Winters as Detective Frazier
- Enrique Murciano as Detective Ruiz
- Bo Burnham as Tobey
- Eric Andre as Jake
- Hasan Minhaj as Joe
- Patrick Carlyle as Patrick
- Karan Soni as Raviv
- Peter Francis James as Uncle Jack
- Bob the Drag Queen as himself
On the strength of Aniello's success with Broad City, the film was the subject of an intense bidding war, of which Sony Pictures Entertainment was announced as the winner of in June 2015. The script was among the 2015 Black List of unproduced scripts. Aniello has referred to the movie as "a comedic version of The Big Chill".
In December 2015, Scarlett Johansson joined the film to play the lead role. In April 2016, Zoë Kravitz joined the film, with the rest of the main cast announced the next month. Principal photography began in August 2016 in Saddle Rock, New York. In late September 2016, filming was taking place in Mount Vernon, New York. The film spent $26 million in New York State and received $6 million in tax rebates.
The film was originally titled Rock That Body but was renamed to Rough Night, possibly due to copyright issues as Rock Your Body had already been used as a song title by Justin Timberlake.
Dominic Lewis composed the film's musical score.
Later this movie was adapted in India and released on March 2020 in Amazon Prime India as "Anukunnadi Okkati Ayyandhi Okati".
Rough Night was scheduled to be released on June 23, 2017. It was then moved up a week to June 16. The studio spent about $35 million on promotion and advertisements.
Rough Night grossed $22.1 million in the United States and Canada and $25.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $47.3 million, against a production budget of $20 million.
In North America, the film was released alongside All Eyez on Me, 47 Meters Down and Cars 3, and was initially projected to gross $10–14 million from 3,162 theaters in its opening weekend. After making just $3.4 million on its first day (including $700,000 from Thursday night previews ), weekend projections were revised to $9 million. It ended up debuting to $8 million, finishing 7th at the box office. In its second weekend the film grossed $4.7 million (a drop of just over 41%), finishing 8th at the box office.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 45% based on 173 reviews, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Rough Night's gifted stars are certainly good for some laughs, but their talents aren't properly utilized in a scattered comedy that suffers from too many missed opportunities." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on reviews from 40 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 66% overall positive score.
Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: "Rough Night, a bachelorette-party-from-hell thriller comedy that's got some push and some laughs, despite its essentially formulaic nature, is a perfect example of why Hollywood needs (many) more women filmmakers."
The cast received positive notices, even though the film as a whole did not. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote "The women in Rough Night are terrific company. They never wear out their welcome. You can't say the same for the movie." Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said "It's all blithely formulaic and would be more irritating if the performers — who include Zoë Kravitz and Illana Glazer — weren't generally so appealing." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "All the talented women here are stuck playing types rather than characters, in a strained frolic in which both the verbal humor and the physical gags too often fall flat."
Critics have pointed out strong similarities between Rough Night and the 1998 Peter Berg black comedy Very Bad Things.