Killing a prostitute or stripper has become a bit of a comedy cliche. Besides numerous hack stand-ups referencing dead hookers, we’ve seen it played out in films before. But Rough Night twists the idea just a bit and let’s the ladies be the one who accidentally kill the male stripper at their bachelorette party. Upcoming bride Scarlett Johansson is joined by college friends Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz to celebrate her upcoming nuptials and, well, things take a bad turn. The film originally started life as Move That Body with a screenplay by Broad City stars Lucia Aniello and Paul W Downs that landed on 2015’s Black List.
Although she has starred in some dark comedies like Ghost World or Lost In Translation, Johansson has yet to headline a film that was more raucous and in the vein of the films that Rough Night seem to be drawing inspiration from. And while she has always been a dependable part of any ensemble she has been in, she has seldom gotten the chance to stand out front and lead. Between this is and Ghost In The Shell which opens in a few weeks, the actress good be moving into the next phase of her career.
Here’s the studio synopsis-
In Rough Night, an edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.
It should be noted that the film doesn’t officially have a rating from the MPAA yet. But when you drop a C-bomb in a red band trailer, you pretty much are on track for an R-rating.
Rough Night opens June 16, 2017.