Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Illana Grazer star in a scene from the movie "Rough Night." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.(CNS photo/Sony)
NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Weekend at Bernie's" meets "Bridesmaids" in the raunchy comedy "Rough Night" (Columbia). The result is pure dreck.
Political candidate and bride-to-be Jess Thayer (Scarlett Johansson) joins her four best friends -- Aussie ditz Pippa (Kate McKinnon), overeager misfit Alice (Jillian Bell), social justice warrior Frankie (Ilana Glazer) and self-satisfied rich lady Blair (Zoe Kravitz) -- for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami.
After doing shots and snorting cocaine, they summon a stripper (Ryan Cooper) to the house they've been loaned. But the fun comes to a screeching halt when Alice, who could afford to go on a diet, accidentally kills burlesque boy by impulsively jumping into his lap, overturning his chair and smashing the back of his head into the corner of a stone hearth.
As the quintet scrambles to hide the evidence, fearing -- for barely tenable reasons -- that the police will not believe their story, director and co-writer Lucia Aniello's film runs the gamut of smut. Early on, the script (on which Aniello collaborated with Paul W. Downs, who also plays Jess' nice-guy fiance, Peter) winsomely tips us off to the fact that, back in college, Frankie and Blair were lovers.