Rough Night (2017) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Rough Night (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong crude sexual humour, coarse language and drug references.

  • The pitch:

    You won't remember this one in the morning.

  • Starring:

    Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Paul W. Downs, Ryan Cooper, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore

  • Directed by:

    Lucia Aniello

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are threatened at gunpoint/with death, shot in leg, elbowed, headbutted, punched, kicked, hit with objects, choked, jumped on, slapped, tied up, gagged, knocked down by car, sprayed/splashed, dropped (trust fall), jumped on, bitten (dog). People hit their heads, fall off someone's shoulders, fall backwards, trip over, bump into objects, smash objects, crash a jet-ski (neck-cracking sound heard on impact). A corpse is thrown from a car. Rape cop who sexually assaulted 8 women discussed. Car crashes through house. Story of man who cooked his girlfriend and ate her. A popping champagne cork is mistaken as a gunshot. News story of people robbing jewellery store resulting in one death. Protests, pepper spray, people "disappearing", two strikes on record, ankle monitor, "He'll eat her face", "If there's no body, there's no crime", "your whole country should burn to the ground", "cut off our toes and shove them up our bum", cutting up body, corpse disposal, dumping corpse into sea mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, interfering with a corpse. Blood pool on floor under head, smearing blood while dragging corpse. Bloody hands, clothing, towels, floors, cut on head. Collecting menstrual blood for art installation mentioned. Dog bite on arm, bruised bump on head.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Implied sex scenes (seduction/kissing/heavy breathing/sweaty bare shoulders; threesome), implied oral sex off-screen (f/f). Kissing (m/f, f/f), flirting, bum-slapping, suggestive dancing, stripping. Penis-shaped party supplies/accessories seen. Male stripper/gigolo. A corpse is placed in a sex swing/dressed in sunglasses with a penis nose. A couple flirt with another woman, man holding woman's legs up. Rape cop (sexually assaulted 8 women) mentioned. Sexual innuendo and references to sex, sexual situations, sexually aggressive comments, and sexually transmitted diseases (footjobs, masturbation, sound of vibrator, reference to IUD being removed, "I'm turned on but I want to pee", "I had a sex dream about him", "F*uck her!", "I know you want it", "suck my d*ck", oral sex, lesbian sex, HPV, desire to have sex on video while begin watched by others, offer to sell drugs in exchange for oral sex, etc). A female politician is polled on sex-themed topics ("60% of the focus group said you wouldn't put out"). References to male politician tweeting d*ck pics, cheating/infidelity. Sexual innuendo. Nudity: Nude woman in shower (genitals obscured by frosted glass), topless woman (hair covers nipples), couple sunbathing in underwear, nude female statue, male stripper in g-string/thong. Skimpy clothing (mankini, shirtless men, man in nappy/diaper, women in lingerie/short skirts/midriffs/halters/underwear/swimwear). Women dress up as a pair of breasts. Cleavage. A woman is told she should wear a good bra.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug-taking (snorting cocaine, smoking marijuana, apple used as bong, sniffing meth, Russian Adderall) and references to drugs (Xanax, carrying half a pound of weed in bra, cocaine, whippets). Selling drugs (meth) in exchange for oral sex. Pills taken with Red Bull (loudly beating heart heard). Alcohol (beer, shots, spirits, wine, cocktails, champagne, wine tasting, beer pong); intoxication. Vomiting into shot glass then reaching to drink it. Smoking (cigars).

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, sl*t, b*tches. References to bodily functions and genitals. Name-calling (footjob girl, horny, sloppy, gross, pigs, human friendipede, etc). Religious exclamations (holy sh*t, Jesus, oh my God, etc). Obscene finger gestures. Police often referred to as "f*cking pigs". Jokes about age, race.

  • THEMES:

    Bacholerette parties, friends, strippers, accidental death, drugs, divorce, custody battles, intoxication, political campaigns, body disposal, skeevy neighbours.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Divorce, custody battles mentioned. Dog. Urination, vomiting. Toilet.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sex-positive, dirty, raunchy, funny, light, raucous, dark. Excellent/game cast, authentic/freewheeling/authentic chemistry between women, scene-stealing/hilarious performance by Kate McKinnon, outrageous conclusion.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, derivative, sloppy, erratic, disappointing, lifeless, dull, strained, flavourless. Farcical/situational/over-the-top comedy, jerky tone/pacing, inevitable tear-filled girl-bonding scene, unconvincing plot developments, pat/all-too-happy/improbable ending, pedestrian music choices/direction.

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