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Rough Night

Despite a great cast, this R-rated comedy isn’t as funny as it should be

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Here’s the thing about Rough Night, the new girls’-weekend-turns-into-a-hide-the-body-of-the-dead-alleged-sex-worker film, from director Lucia Aniello (mostly known as a writer/producer/director of Comedy Central’s Broad City): It’s not horrible. It’s an OK raunchy, unapologetically R-rated comedy that provides a few good belly laughs. Such films arrive every summer to watch in between super-hero films. But with this cast of comedic heavyweights — Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz and Ilana Glazer — Rough Night could have been Superbad, but instead ends up as The Night Before. There just isn’t much for these fine actors to do, though Bell and, especially, McKinnon actually save it from being truly horrific. This movie should be piss-your-pants funny. Instead, my pants are dry and I had a low-to-moderate good time.



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