This Friday, June 16, marks the release of Rough Night, a much-anticipated film featuring a batch of hilarious women that hopes to draw in the same crowd that found Bridesmaids to be the ultimate laugh. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz, the film follows a group of college best friends as they reunite for Johansson’s bachelorette party weekend. And what a weekend it is.
Without giving too much away, we can say the “rough night” in question involves booze, cocaine and the accidental death of a stripper. Basically, if you’re looking for an hour and a half of belly laughs, you’ll find it here.
Recently the entire cast of Rough Night sat down with New York drag performer Paige Turner to chat about the film. At one point Turner brings up the storied history of bachelorette parties taking place at gay bars — a touchy subject for many queer people, it should be mentioned.
(McKinnon sums up the “controversy” quite succinctly, we think, when she responds to Turner’s comment that she’s had bachelorette parties show up to gigs before: “Bless you!” McKinnon says.)
Asked what it is about gay parties that seem to draw straight women, Johansson offers an interesting response:
There was such a good party at Le Bain [at New York’s The Standard High Line]. It was like their gay night on Thursdays. It was during the summer. It was the best party ever.
It was just great because — well, it was just full of so many gorgeous men. In that environment, [as a straight woman] you feel like you can kind of let your guard down, because you feel like you’re in a safe, respectful environment.
And the music was amazing, everybody looked great, they totally brought it. People were walking up and down the stairs in their pajamas. I was like, this is the ’90s club scene now.
Especially going to a gay club, music is a huge part of it. The music is so good, and everybody likes to dance. Sometimes you go to a club, it feels like a bit of a meat market, and it’s not so much about enjoying the night out and having a good time.