The new trailer for the ‘feminist Hangover’ film is out but people have some pretty mixed feelings about it
The plot of ‘Rough Night’ focuses on accidentally killing a sex worker
If you liked The Hangover (the first one, obviously the sequels were trash) but thought that the women were boring wet blankets who never had any fun, then you’ll probably be excited to watch Rough Night, the female-led alternative due to be released later this year.
The movie, which comes out in June, follows 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.
The trailer came out last week, and people have kind of mixed feelings about that killing a stripper part.
I just watched the trailer for rough night and I am so angry. What the actual fuck guys. Killing a sex worker isn't feminist comedy
— rose colored boy (@sm0lpunk) March 12, 2017
Get the heck away from me if you find the killing of a sex worker in Rough Night funny and liberating in a twisted way.
— Jade ? (@standbythebody) March 10, 2017
was kinda into that rough night movie bc hey w/e a fun party movie with some broad city actors… then they killed a sex worker
— local hummingbird (@plumhummingbird) March 12, 2017
While it’s kind of subverted (the stripper who dies is a man) the problem some people on the internet have with the death of a sex worker used as a plot device is that it could be seen as cutting a little too close to reality. The extreme vulnerability of sex workers means that in America 204 sex workers in ever 100,000 are murdered (more than 20 times above the national average murder rate).
When it’s played for laughs in other TV shows and movies (like Family Guy or Very Bad Things), where female sex workers are killed, it might make you feel uncomfortable, so wheeling it out just to gender-switch the narrative isn’t sitting well with many people.
ROUGH NIGHT depicting (in comedic fashion) white women killing a sex worker reminds me of something my best friend once said to me.
— [kie.ran] (@danblackroyd) March 9, 2017
So "Rough Night" is not just abt killing a sex worker (nope), but also abt a FAT WOMAN killing a sex worker w her body trying to be sexual?
— Billie Milder (@billiemilder) March 9, 2017
Which is a shame, because otherwise I think it looks fucking funny.