Ten years out of college and they are deciding it’s time to celebrate Jess' getting married. The plans are made easily enough, but some issues need to be resolved first—or last, in the sort of way people do when they make a lot of noise and do things like party to deny how they really feel about each other. But more dysfunctional fun for us in the meantime.
Director Lucia Aniello, known for giving us the TV series Broad City, has the storytelling skills that are just tight enough and the narrative direct enough to pull this one off. Throwing in some sex perverts as neighbors on the beach was only one more reason to gawk at why everyone in Rough Night is a moderate exaggeration of someone you know in real life. It’s actually endearing, if for sure ridiculous. And thankfully, the script remains smart enough to keep us from overtly disliking it.