The beginning of the trailer for “Rough Night,” a comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz, starts out standard enough. A group of old college pals get together for a bachelorette party, and plenty of alcohol, reminiscing and general debauchery ensues.
Only this time, one of the women accidentally kills a stripper and the whole plot unfolds from there.
The movie, penned by “Broad City” writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, is generating a divided reaction from the internet community. Many critics have taken to Twitter to condemn the idea of playing a stripper’s death for laughs, while others are simply annoyed because they feel like they have been there, done that.
stop normalizing violence against sex workers, pals— adult bepis game (@fairyocarina) March 9, 2017
Shame on @RoughNightMovie for making a joke of the reality that sex workers face every day. Vote with your wallets— don’t see it.— SWOPMpls (@SWOPMinneapolis) March 10, 2017
Because it’s 2017 and this is the movie we get from our allegedly feminist writers and actresses of Hollywood. ????? @roughnightmovie pic.twitter.com/iyWR9KdfAu— Jacq the Stripper (@JacqTheStripper) March 10, 2017
@BuzzFeed From the writers who saw Bridesmaids and the Hangover and thought it can’t be that hard to write a comedy?— joscanton (@camclock) March 8, 2017
@BuzzFeed Looks like a female remake of ‘Very Bad Things’ to me, just a little more comedy + less crime thriller.— Def32 (@def3282) March 9, 2017
Elsewhere on the Twittersphere, excitement was brewing over the upcoming film, with posts applauding the cast of heavy-hitters, which includes SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Demi Moore.
@THR wow! Very talented women together ? yes ready to see it ?— Maqui (@Maqui_) March 9, 2017
@paulwdowns @RoughNightMovie oh my lord, @ilazer AND Kate McKinnon?!? ???— Christina (@freshmeximelt) March 8, 2017
ERMmm - Dreams do come true… These amazing women! Don’t “blink” you’ll miss me! https://t.co/wy3yY9cwFG— Ryan Cooper (@fryRyCooper) March 8, 2017
Check out the trailer for yourself below: