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This weekend saw the release of the female-led comedy, Rough Night! I was drawn to this movie for a multitude of reasons, namely Scarlett Johansson as the lead, Kate McKinnon's featured performance, and that Bridesmaids vibe that was present in the movie's trailers. Bridesmaids is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Rough Night, from the outset, looked like a female version of The Hangover. The question on my mind as I sat down was "will this movie step up to that caliber of comedy?"

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Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and Blair (Zoe Kravitz), are four friends reuniting in Miami for Jess’s bachelorette party. Shortly after being joined by Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess’s Australian friend, the hard partying begins. When the friends all go back to the condo they’re staying at, a stripper comes to spice the party up. After his turn with Jess, Alice jumps to have herself a chance at him and accidentally kills him. The college friends are forced to find a way to get rid of the body and salvage their weekend getaway.

This was a very fun movie for me and exceeded some of my expectations for it. The humor was well done without going into gross-out territory, and some of the chemistry between the actresses was spot on. The majority of the fun in Rough Night is found in just watching these talented performers interact. Throughout the chaos of the film's craziness, the perspective switches from Jess' bachelorette celebration to her fiancé's bachelor festivities. This switching allowed us to see the parallels between Jess’ party and her fiancé's party, which was hilarious because it broke the stereotypes of how men and woman would celebrate before their wedding. Besides that, the rest of the story is pretty straightforward and very predictable. You can figure out how the movie will play out well before the halfway point, and the third act really drags because of it. The movie also suffers from trying to do too much. The "let's get rid of the body" schtick starts to wear thin, and I found myself rolling my eyes as it got more and more ridiculous and unfunny. Overall, however, there were more laughs than groans from me in Rough Night.

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The individual performances are a mixed bag, with Scar Jo leading the charge of being mixed. To be honest, I forgot that she was in the movie because she did not stand out. Her character was okay, but Scar Jo’s performance as Jess was bland. Jillian Bell's Alice was also part of the bad side of the mix. I could not stand her character. She came off as more annoying than funny, almost reminding me of a discount-Melissa McCarthy style of role. Kravitz' Blair and Glazer's Frankie had the best chemistry of the group, and I enjoyed it when they shared scenes together and bantered with each other. The standout performance of Rough Night goes to Paul W. Downs as Peter, Jess’ fiancé. He perfectly encompasses the character that is marrying someone that is out of his league, and you actually feel for Peter as he’s worried about Jess in Miami.

Beyond Downs, the best performance of this movie is far and away Kate McKinnon as Pippa. She has gradually become not only my favorite female comedic actor, but one of my favorite comedic actors overall. Her comedic timing and her facial expressions are some of the best I've seen and her performance as Pippa fully showcases it. She’s the polar opposite of Scar Jo because she actually stands out from the other characters. Her Australian accent is hilarious and manages to not come off as hokey. Just like when she was in Ghostbusters, Kate McKinnon is the best thing about Rough Night and I hope she gets more roles.

Rough Night is a fun time and had me thoroughly entertained. Although it doesn't break any new ground in the comedy genre and follows the same tropes as other R-rated comedies, it will get you laughing and is worth watching with a group of friends. Some mediocre performances and bland jokes aside, Rough Night was a significantly more enjoyable experience than I ever expected it to be.

Joseph's Score: 7/10

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