Rough Night

Watched: 20 January

The intention here, presumably, was to make a women-led version of The Hangover, but Rough Night is inferior to every other ‘girls behaving badly’ comedy of recent years that I can think of – particularly Bridesmaids, but also 2016’s Bad Moms and last year’s Girls Trip. Formulaic to a tee, with Scarlett Johansson heading up a quintet of friends who travel to Miami for a debauched hen weekend, it’s lacking in good jokes, I never bought into the idea that the main characters were friends of many years’ standing, it gets stuck in one fairly boring and oft-used location (a beach house), it’s not particularly offensive (come on, try harder!) and the two oddball characters whose presence briefly improves matters – an awful pair of neighbouring swingers – aren’t used enough. Dire. (*)