1. Scarlett Johansson’s bachelorette party takes a turn for the deadly in Rough Night and BuzzFeed is the only place you can watch the red-band trailer!
2. Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer star as five best friends who’ve grown apart since college, but reunite to throw Jess (Johansson) the ultimate bachelorette party.
3. And they do — complete with buckets of booze, plenty of drugs, and a male stripper they accidentally kill.
4. While the trailer for the June 16 release leans heavily into the debauchery, director Lucia Aniello said that the focus of Rough Night is much more about the complicated relationships between these former BFFs.
“It’s a movie about friendships,” Aniello, who co-wrote the script with Broad City’s Paul W. Downs, told BuzzFeed News in a recent phone interview. “It was really more about honing in on our experience of having friendships from high school and college that have evolved and maybe gotten a little bit distant and what does it feel like when you reconnect with those people? Are people excited to be reunited? Are they resentful? What is that experience like?”
5. The actors forged genuine, offscreen friendships before, during, and after production, helping to cement the legitimacy of those onscreen relationships.
“It was beyond our wildest dreams in terms of how much chemistry they all had — it was off the charts,” Aniello said of the leads. Colton Haynes, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore also co-star. “A lot of them already knew each other from socially or just working together in the past, so … you really felt like they had been friends forever.”
6. Finding actors that authentically meshed was essential because it allowed space for organic improvisation (“It made everything feel real,” Aniello said)…
And also because Rough Night is deeply personal to the co-writer. “I could never imagine anyone else directing this because so much of it comes from my life and my experiences,” she said of her feature film directorial debut.
7. Although McKinnon’s Australian character Pippa is an homage to Aniello’s real-life friend (also an Australian named Pippa) all the women are amalgams of people she and Downs know in their real lives.
8. “Hopefully it will have people reflecting on their own lives and their own friendships … and relate to friendships that maybe should be worked on,” Aniello said.
“There’s so much in life that happens and sidetracks us from what is really important and I think having people you really care about and having people who mean a lot to you from all different stages of your life is really important and worth fighting for.”