A Night at the Roxbury (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Night at the Roxbury (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Has the same problems as the worst SNL movies: one-note characters and plots unreasonably stretched to feature length runtime.

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This comedy extends and embellishes characters introduced on Saturday Night Live by regulars Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan in their sketch series of two head-bobbing losers who go on the town, looking for action, when they hear the What Is Love? disco tune. Looking cool, brothers Steve (Ferrell) and Doug Butabi (Kattan) always fail to pick up women in their hapless nightclub jaunts. In Beverly Hills, they work at a fake-flower store run by their father (Dan Hedaya). They are always denied entrance to the Roxbury, a leading discotheque, but an auto accident with Richard Grieco (portraying himself) gives them a foot in the door. Inside, they meet the club's owner (an uncredited Chazz Palminteri), and two gold-diggers (Elisa Donovan, Gigi Rice) believe they are wealthy businessmen. Steve finds his father shoving him into marriage with next-door neighbor Emily (Molly Shannon), but Doug keeps this from happening. Fortune smiles, and the Butabi brothers become the co-owners of a new nightclub. The real-life Roxbury on the Sunset Strip (once the location of the Imperial Gardens and the Players Club) was converted into a Japanese restaurant by the time this film was released. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sex related humor, language and some drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Steve Koren
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 1999
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Chris Kattan
as Doug Butabi
Will Ferrell
as Steve Butabi
Loni Anderson
as Barbara Butabi
Dan Hedaya
as Kamehl Butabi
Dwayne Hickman
as Fred Sanderson
Gigi Rice
as Vivica
Richard Grieco
as Richard Grieco
Meredith Scott Lynn
as Credit Vixen
Mark McKinney
as Father Williams
Chazz Palminteri
as Zadir (uncredited)
Viveca Paulin
as Porsche Girl
Paulette Braxton
as Porsche Girl
Michael M. Horton
as Security Guard
Richard Francese
as Security Guard
Trish Ramish
as Roxbury Club Girl
Gina Mari
as Saturday Night Fever...
Roy Jenkins
as Flower Customer No. ...
Kip King
as Flower Customer No. ...
Mary Ann Kellogg
as Aerobics Instructor
Maree Cheatham
as Mabel Sanderson
Kristen Dalton
as Grieco's Lady
Deborah Kellner
as Topless Woman
Robin Krieger
as Mrs. Manicotti
Betty Bridges-Nicasi...
as Zadir Receptionist
Yoshio Be
as Japanese Man No. 1
Victor Kobayashi
as Japanese Man No. 2
Twink Caplan
as Crying Flower Custom...
Eva Mendes
as Bridesmaid
Chad Bannon
as New Club Bouncer
Jim Wise
as New Club Waiter
Patrick Ferrell
as New Club Waiter
Dorian Spencer
as New Club Waiter
Tina Weisinger
as New Club Waitress
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Critic Reviews for A Night at the Roxbury

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (11)

The lame-o aspects of the whole campy setup are still lame-o.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An amiable, if flyweight, diversion.

Full Review… | May 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

More schmaltzy than funny.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Shun this witless showcase for the Saturday Night Live double act of Ferrell and Kattan.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It would take far better writing than Kattan, Ferrell and Steve Koren can muster to make it less than an ordeal.

Full Review… | May 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

based on this, i did not expect ferrell to make it big

May 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for A Night at the Roxbury

½

 

djdemersseman
   

Super Reviewer

If you find this kind of humor funny (which I do for a short time of 82 minutes), then this one-joke, nearly plotless movie should be amusing enough for you, but if you can't stand SNL (or the show's sketch for that matter), then it will probably be a pain to sit through. Be warned.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Doug Butabi: You can take away our phones and you can take away our keys, but you can NOT take away our dreams. 

"Score!"

A Night at the Roxbury is a rather annoying and highly forgettable comedy. That being said, over the years I have accrued more appreciation for the film. I'm not saying that I like it, but I can find a lot more humor in it than I once could. I like the whole idea of it, what with the clubbing, loser brothers, but the execution is just off, as it is often with ridiculous comedies like this. 

Two brothers Doug and Steve still live with their parents. Their father owns a floral shop and wants them to work hard for the family business. Instead, the two spend their time hitting on every woman they see and going clubbing at night. Sounds like fun, but the problem is that they fail at both. They can't get in the clubs and when they do, they are lousy with the women. They lust after one night in the hottest club in town, The Roxbury.

Will Farrell and Chris Kattan definitely have good chemistry. The problem is with how their characters are played. Farrell is basically just taken like a slow teenager the whole time, while Kattan looks out the corner of his eyes and scoffs at things. If you can buy into their ridiculous performances, there is fun to be had; it's just not any easy thing to do. I like the supporting cast though. 

While A Night at the Roxbury isn't what I'd call a great movie, it has got a place in the world of movies. It's one of those movies that, if you can stand, you watch late at night every once in awhile when you don't want to think about anything. A short runtime and quick paced storyline keeps things moving and makes the movie much more watchable. It will never be considered anything more than a dumb, bad comedy, but still you may want to give it a chance on the off case, you actually could like the humor involved.

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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