It’s the first of June, and you all know what that means: Pride Month! And to celebrate, the cast of the upcoming film Rough Night have posted a video with a very special message for their queer fans:
In the film, Scarlett Johansson is about to be married — and she and her friends (played by Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz) are celebrating her last night of freedom. Unfortunately for them, the night gets a little too wild and they accidentally kill a male stripper.
In the clip attached to the “Happy Pride” message, we see RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen spins Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” at a club. The foursome do an impressive dance routine, though, it doesn’t necessarily end well.
Some might be reminded of the flop Very Bad Things, directed by Peter Berg. A similar situation happens in that one, only the genders are swapped. Unlike Very Bad Things, however, which Roger Ebert said “isn’t a bad movie, just a reprehensible one,” Rough Night has great buzz. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 91% of users want to see this movie.
And not gonna lie, we’re excited too! The film has some of our favorite actresses. We loved Jillian Bell in Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter, Kate McKinnon is a delight, and, of course, there’s Ilana Glazer! But what we’re most into is that it’s written and directed by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, producers and writers on Broad City. (You might also recognize Downs from his role as Trey on Broad City.)
Rough Night is the first female-directed R-rated comedy in 20 years. The last one was the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts, directed by Betty Thomas. Despite Private Parts being a hit, Thomas hasn’t been given the opportunity to do an R-Rated followup. Instead, she’s been doing mostly TV movies and projects like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
Here’s hoping Lucia Aniello will break that pattern and make many more films that are as good as Rough Night looks to be.