Rough Night (released in some countries as Girls' Night Out) is a 2017 American black comedy film directed by Lucia Aniello (in her feature debut) and written by Aniello and Paul W. Downs. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer, and follows a bachelorette party that goes wrong after a male stripper dies.
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|Directed by||Lucia Aniello|
|Music by||Dominic Lewis|
|Edited by||Craig Alpert|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$47.3 million|
The film was released in the United States on June 16, 2017, by Columbia Pictures, received mixed reviews and grossed $47 million worldwide.
In 2006, four friends, Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and Blair (Zoë Kravitz), bond during their first year of college. A decade later they reunite as Jess is about to get married to her fiancé Peter, and Alice decides that the four should spend the weekend in Miami partying. By this point, Alice is a teacher, Frankie is an aspiring activist with two strikes on her record, Blair is a real estate agent in the middle of a bitter divorce who still has conflicting feelings over her past relationship with Frankie, and Jess is an aspiring senatorial candidate whose campaign is hampered by the fact that the general public do not find her relatable despite her policies focusing on helping others.
Once in Miami, the four are joined by Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess's friend from her semester in Australia. The friends get high and party at a club and then Frankie decides to hire a male stripper. When the stripper arrives at the door, he makes Jess uncomfortable with his rough talk. Alice decides to take a turn and jumps on him, causing them to both fall and the stripper to hit his head on the edge of the fireplace, killing him. Before they decide what to do, Jess takes a call from Peter and mentions during her panic that her friends hired a stripper and she is confused, before Alice destroys her phone and Blair confiscates the others to prevent anyone making calls until they can determine their next move. Peter takes this to mean that Jess is leaving him and decides to race down to Miami to convince Jess to take him back.
The friends purchase a burner phone and call Blair's uncle, who is a lawyer. After telling him they moved the body- to prevent anyone from outside seeing the body in the glass-walled house- he tells them that, while they may have gotten away with accidental death if they had made the call immediately, they could face up to fifteen years in prison for tampering with the crime scene unless no body is found. The friends decide to dispose of the body by throwing it into the ocean. After doing so, they realize that their neighbors' security camera caught them on tape and send Blair to seduce them to get the footage- the couple having previously expressed an interest in a threesome with Blair- only to have her discover the cameras don't work after she has slept with them. By this point, the body has washed up on the shore and they must come up with a new plan to dispose of it.
A police officer knocks on their door and Frankie knocks him out after he gropes her, only for the friends to realize that he was the actual stripper they had ordered, leaving them to wonder who they killed. They use the stripper's car to try to dispose of the body again only to return home defeated after a car accident when the car goes over a speed bump too quickly. Then when Alice finds out Jess invited Frankie and Blair to a bridal shower over her, Jess verbally berates her for her obsessive clinginess and storms off to prepare for the consequences.
At this point, two police officers arrive and tell the women they are not in trouble as the man they killed was a violent criminal who had been on the run from the police. As they interrogate the women Pippa realizes that the "police" are actually the accomplices of the man they killed when she spots the TV- currently on and set to 'Mute' since earlier that evening- displays all three men as suspects in a jewelry robbery. Realizing that they are caught, the men tie up the women and the now-awakened stripper and threaten to shoot them. Jess meanwhile has missed most of the drama due to being upstairs taking a shower in preparation for her mugshot. Realizing what has happened, she manages to subdue one of the captors using hairspray and handcuffs when he comes up to search for the diamonds, and fights off the other one as he prepares to kill Blair. After Alice successfully shoots the second captor when Jess distracts him by opening her robe during the fight, the first one reappears having freed himself from the toy handcuffs only to be run over when Peter, high on the drugs he took to keep him awake on his roadtrip to Miami, crashes into the front of the house and kills him.
Jess reaffirms that she wants to marry Peter and the two marry that weekend at a foam party with their friends in attendance. Frankie and Blair decide to reunite as a couple and Alice hooks up with Scotty, the police officer stripper that she met at Jess's bachelorette party. Pippa confirms that the police have excused them from all charges as their victims were all criminals and the deaths can be excused as self-defence. Jess receives a call from her campaign manager revealing that these events have caused her approval rating to go up significantly with the voters after capturing dangerous criminals.
In a mid-credits scene, Pippa sings a song at a function for Jess with lyrics that allude to the evening.
In a post-credits scene begins with Jess and her now-husband, Peter, driving Alice home after a night out. Alice enters her apartment and looks for something to eat. She eventually finds the penis-shaped pasta from earlier in the film in her pantry and decides to cook it. When she pours it into the pan, she discovers that there are diamonds mixed in with the pasta (the same diamonds that the "stripper"/thief stashed in their house for safekeeping before they accidentally killed him).
- Scarlett Johansson as Jessica "Jess" Thayer
- Jillian Bell as Alice
- Kate McKinnon as Pippa
- Ilana Glazer as Frankie
- Zoë Kravitz as Blair
- Paul W. Downs as Peter
- Demi Moore as Lea
- Ty Burrell as Pietro
- Hasan Minhaj as Joe
- Colton Haynes as Scotty the stripper
- Ryan Cooper as Jay ("Scotty")
- Dean Winters as Detective Frazier
- Enrique Murciano as Detective Ruiz
- Karan Soni as Raviv
- Bo Burnham as Tobey
- Eric Andre as Jake
- Bob the Drag Queen as himself
- Peter Grosz as Cliff
On June 22, 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures had won the bidding war for the female-driven comedy script Move That Body, written by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. Aniello also directed and Downs co-starred. Both also produced the film through their production banner, Paulilu, along with Matt Tolmach and Dave Becky. The script was among the 2015 Black List of unproduced scripts.
On December 15, 2015, Scarlett Johansson joined the film to play the lead role. On April 28, 2016, Zoë Kravitz was cast in the film. On May 2, more cast was announced for the film, then retitled Rock That Body, which included Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer. Demi Moore, Ty Burrell, and Colton Haynes joined the cast in August. In September 2016, Enrique Murciano and Hasan Minhaj joined the cast of the film.
As of September 13, 2017[update], Rough Night has grossed $22.1 million in the United States and Canada and $25.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $47.3 million, against a production budget of $20 million.
In North America, the film was released alongside All Eyez on Me, 47 Meters Down and Cars 3, and was initially projected to gross $10–14 million from 3,162 theaters in its opening weekend. However after making just $3.4 million on its first day (including $700,000 from Thursday night previews ), weekend projections were readjusted to $9 million. It ended up debuting to $8 million, finishing 7th at the box office. In its second weekend the film grossed $4.7 million (a drop of just 40%), finishing 8th at the box office.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 45% based on 134 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Rough Night's gifted stars are certainly good for some laughs, but their talents aren't properly utilized in a scattered comedy that suffers from too many missed opportunities." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.
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