Ever since Bachelorette came out, I’ve noticed a number of films attempting to pull off the same thing, or at least center the film around an upcoming wedding from the bride’s point-of-view. Rough Night is another one of these films attempting to do something similar…at least that’s what you think…until somebody gets hurt. Alright, so what is this silly little film about? Let’s start with the plot.
“After ten long years, grown-up best friends since college, Jess, Alice, Frankie and Blair reunite, as Jess who is running for state senator, is about to walk the aisle with her fiancé, Peter. Without delay and with the help of Jess’ BFF, Alice, everything is ready for a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime bachelorette weekend in sun-drenched Miami to relive those glorious college days of the past, starting off from the city’s trendy nightclubs along with a new free-spirited Aussie friend, Pippa. Under those circumstances and as the night is still young, the girls will order a male stripper from Craigslist for the soon-to-be bride, unfortunately, however, in the heat of the moment, they will accidentally kill him. Now, things are bound to take a turn for the worse, nevertheless, there is no case, if there is no body.” – IMDb
I honestly feel like this film should be better than it ultimately is, but it falls a little short when it came to the writing. The idea is there, but the execution was never at its full potential. That’s not really to say that the film was horrible, it was just something that fell into a pool of unoriginal content that never really felt new or original.
These, of course, are just my first impressions. Let’s go ahead and break down Rough Night in order to interpret the stars!
TITLE – Rough Night
Year – 2017
Genres – Drama, Comedy
PEOPLE SCORE – 7/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 1
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I am convinced that nobody else can play these characters. They are perfect for these roles. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sorta of blended together. As far as the chemistry goes in this film, there wasn’t much of it. While it was fine, no one really cares about the relationships in this film.
WRITING SCORE – 6/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 1|Story – 1|Originality – 1|Interesting – 2
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue subcategory…which was as unremarkable and forgettable as the meal you had last Tuesday afternoon. Now, this film isn’t as well-balanced as it could’ve easily been. It loses its own focus here and there, making the film feel a little bit longer than it should normally feel. When it comes to the actual story, I can’t really say it’s the best. It’s got a few things here and there that I think a lot of people will enjoy, but it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. Is the film original? Well, I think elements of the film definitely feel fresh and new, but there’s always an itching feeling that we’ve seen this film before…so it’s not as original as it could’ve been. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.
BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, either. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 9/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1
Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Alright, so how was the falling action? Well, it started to calm things down a little bit, but other than that, not the best. You never get the sensation that they are returning to a new norm, so it’s not a complete falling action.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 4/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 1
Okay, so was this movie as entertaining as it wanted to be? Let’s get into that. As far as rewatchability is concerned, I don’t know. I might watch it again if I was in the mood, but I don’t see myself looking for the film anytime soon. Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Maybe in certain parts, but definitely not throughout.
SPECIALTY SCORE – 30/50
Comedy – 5|Drama – 5|ScarJo – 5|Concept – 10|Halfway Decent – 5
Now onto the specialty questions that I asked before seeing the film. As a comedy, how does this film work out? Well, the comedy works well in some places, but not in others. The same can be said about the drama because I’m not entirely sure why it was placed in that category. There is some drama, but this is not a dramatic film. Next, how much would I consider this a ScarJo film? Other than the fact that she’s actually in it, I wouldn’t really think of the film as one of her greatest performances. So, when someone brings her up, I won’t be bringing up Rough Night. What about the concept? Well, like I said, the idea was there. The concept was good, but they didn’t do much with it in order to be super memorable ,so I will give the concept full points. Now, was it halfway decent? I don’t think so. I think it failed at what it was attempting to do, so I have to give it half points there.