We’ve all been there. Gone out for a few drinks with our friends and woken up eight hours later wondering how and what happened
But in the R-rated comedy Rough Night, five friends find that the hangover is the least of their problems when a wild bachelorette weekend goes completely off the rails.
In the movie, some old college friends – played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz – reunite when they rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Just when all hope is lost, they realise there’s more to the story than they could’ve ever imagined.
Not-so-average bachelorette party
“This movie might seem to be about friends who find themselves in a not-so-average bachelorette party through a series of very over-the-top events, but the movie is really about friendship,” says Scarlett Johansson. “We often can take for granted the people [who] know us the best… This movie is a sort of cautionary tale about taking that for granted – and also it’s a celebration of that kind of deep friendship.”
The director, co-writer, and a producer of the film, Lucia Aniello, says she was reflecting on how the formative friendships of her life had changed over time, and that inspired the film. “It’s based on so many relationships that I have had, the feelings that I have with certain people from my past,” she explains. “It’s about figuring out how your past fits into your present and your future.”
“First and foremost, the movie is hilarious,” says co-writer, Paul W. Downs says. “The characters are so funny; the voices are so authentic. They created this insane movie about a group of women who go on a bachelorette party weekend and accidentally kill a guy – but it’s actually all about their friendships.”
“The thing that makes Lucia and Paul’s comedy break through to me is that the characters are completely recognisable,” says producer Dave Becky. “We all know these girls – the planner, who might be a little too needy, or the one who would seem to have it all figured out but you don’t know what she’s not telling you.”
Directed by a woman
Rough Night is the first big-studio R-rated comedy to be directed by a woman in nearly 20 years, meaning that Rough Night has a completely unique perspective. “I think it’s obvious that there’s been a dearth of stories told from the perspective of women, especially in the comedy world,” says Aniello. “Nothing against the R-rated comedies directed by men – but it does feel like the authenticity of a woman’s point of view can only make the female characters feel that much more authentic.”
“I definitely wanted to make a movie that makes you want to grab your girlfriends and go to the theatre and laugh together, but I also wanted to make it the kind of movie that if you bring your boyfriend or husband or guy friends that they can enjoy just as much,” says Aniello. “Its job first and foremost is to be funny, but it was also important to me that it explored friendships and I absolutely hope that it makes the audience think a little bit more about the people in their lives, maybe people from their past that they’re not as close with anymore, and seeing the movie makes them want to re-connect. Rough Night is more about those friendships – the people who would do anything for you – than it is about a dead body.”
Rough Night will be released in South African cinemas nationwide on 15 June.