If the hit comedy Bridesmaids was pitched as “The Hangover With Women,” then Rough Night, the comedy headed for screens this summer, is more “Very Bad Things With Women.” Much like the 1998 black comedy, directed by Peter Berg and starring Jon Favreau, Daniel Stern, and Christian Slater, Rough Night is the hard-R story of a pre-nuptial party in which the entertainment for the evening is accidentally killed. This time, of course, it’s a bachelorette party.
Starring a virtual murderer’s row of today’s popular female talent (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz), Rough Night tells the story of a bachelorette party gone horribly awry, due to the accidental death of a male stripper. The film, directed by longtime Broad City writer and director Lucia Aniello, arrives in mid-June, and now we have another look at the upcoming comedy with new full-length “Green Band” trailer that features some of the same material as the first teaser, while adding additional footage.
The trailer begins with a flashback to the stars in college, in the midst of a wild sorority party, before jumping to the present, with the women taking a break from their adult lives to celebrate the impending wedding of the Johansson character. As the McKinnon character is an adult friend of Johansson, and from Australia, she speaks with an Australian accent and isn’t part of the main college group. The rest of the new trailer reiterates the main murder and cover-up plots, as in the earlier trailers.
In many ways, Rough Night looks promising. It’s hard to get that many talented people into one cast and not come out with at least some amount of laughs. McKinnon, in particular, is a standout talent who’s always given interesting movie performances even when the movies themselves haven’t been all that great, which is also true of Jillian Bell. And between the director and Glazer, it’s about time the Broad City sensibility made its way to the big screen.
On the other hand, Scarlett Johansson, for all her box office success, is untested in pure comedies. The trailer is full of shots we’ve seen before, and the film Rough Night most resembles, Very Bad Things, wasn’t much of a box office success, and never found the right comedic tone to offset its nihilistic premise. Can Rough Night do it better? We’ll find out next month.
Source: Sony Pictures