Movie Review: “Best Night Ever”

best It’s not, as its title implies, the “Best Night Ever.” It’s not as funny as “Bridesmaids” or as dark as “Bachelorette.” But the latest bridesmaids-behaving-badly comedy, a raunchy, found footage (“Are you really going to film EVERYthing?”) romp, tops even “The Hangover” for crudity.
It’s got half a dozen decent laughs and just as many “Oh no they DIDN’T” gags packed into 80 or so minutes of depravity, debauchery and comically criminal mischief.
Claire (Desiree Hall of TV’s recent “Teen Wolf” series) is getting married in a week. Party girl BFF Zoe (Eddie Ritchard of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”), married mother of two infants Janet (Crista Flanagan) and prissy killjoy Leslie, Claire’s older sister (Samantha Colburn) pile into a mini van for a trek to Vegas for that “one last night of freedom.”
They’re playing punch buggy and other childhood games in the car, taking turns shocking each other with their language. Except for Leslie, who married money and is treating them to an opulent penthouse suite, a gourmet dinner and a Celine Dion show.
And Claire? “I’m in LOVE!”
What could go wrong?
Begin with a credit card mix up, work your way into a male revue strip club “misunderstanding” and then turns as victims of and then perpetrators of armed robbery, a little gelatin wrestling, a stolen limo and…saying more would be spoiling it.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer graduate from “Scary Movie/Date Movie” sequels to something far dirtier and more outrageous here, as they hurl our bachelorettes into the ultimate off the Vegas Strip experience. A few clever situations deliver laughs — a black light cell-phone option that shows you just how “stained” your hotel room is, a sisterly effort to calm a panic attack by singing 4 Non Blondes “What’s Going On.” The hunky stripper’s outrage (“You essentially RAPED me!”) at the “misunderstanding” is laugh out loud silly. Give the filmmakers credit for not taking things down a predictable road when feisty Janet resolves to Jello wrestle for gas money, and for not springing for a Celine Dion cameo.
The uninitiated can learn about such stripper experiences as “the unicorn”, what an “Eiffel Tower” is in the gay male vernacular, about the comic possibilities of a breast pump and the existence of a sex toy tiara ready-made for bachelorette blowouts.
“I’ve only read about this in CHATrooms!”
But the saving grace of this more-rude-than-funny film is its cast. They’re just a quartet of Simi Valley “Woohooo” girls in the opening, but the players make each member of this motley crew distinct, human and out of her depth.
And Janet (Flanagan)? You’ll want to party with her.

MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, graphic nudity and drug use
Cast: Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Crista Flanagan, Eddie Ritchard
Credits: Written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. A Magnolia release.
Running time: 1:22

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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