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.
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.
Which is a shame, because otherwise I think it looks fucking funny.
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