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A Night at the Roxbury (1998)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 49

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


Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 12

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




Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Steve Koren

Apr 20, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (49) | DVD (14)

An amiable, if flyweight, diversion.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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More schmaltzy than funny.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Shun this witless showcase for the Saturday Night Live double act of Ferrell and Kattan.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A Night at the Roxbury probably never had a shot at being funny anyway, but I don't think it planned to be pathetic. It's the first comedy I've attended where you feel that to laugh would be cruel to the characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Basically a longer version of its poster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Anyone who is more than momentarily diverted by this motion picture has such a radically different idea from me of what constitutes 'entertainment' that we may never agree on anything.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It would take far better writing than Kattan, Ferrell and Steve Koren can muster to make it less than an ordeal.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

May 2, 2008 | Comment (1)

Not exactly highbrow stuff, but who ever said a comedy needed to be highbrow to enjoy?

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

Depois de um tempo, parei de prestar atenção na história (hein?) e me concentrei na boa trilha sonora. Além disso, o filme é curto o bastante para não se tornar intolerável.

September 15, 2005
Cinema em Cena

relentlessly silly

June 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

One thin joke stretched over 80-some tiring minutes.

April 2, 2005


December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Low-impact fun for the indiscriminate viewer.

July 5, 2004 | Comment (1)

making a skit 30 times as long does not necessarily mean you've made it 30 times as funny; despite scattered laughs 'Roxbury' feels overextended...

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Butabi brothers are uber-losers, and therein lies the joke. Between spoofs on nightclubs, personal trainers and hitting on hotties, the brothers bob their heads to the beat and make complete fools of themselves.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Though the sketches featuring the two head-bopping losers have sometimes been hysterical on the show, the premise just doesn't translate to a feature film.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Its forced slapstick egregiously mugs the audience for laughs.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It contains more than a few laughs, and Ferrell and Shannon are comedic actors destined for greatness.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

They're still side-splitting funny more often than not.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The rest of the film is on autopilot, with comic material that's spread thinner than the lone brain cell the Butabis share.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audiences are likely to be as repelled by this lame & lamer combo as their would-be dance partners, because underneath their shallow and clueless veneers is just more shallowness and cluelessness.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Profoundly unfunny.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for A Night at the Roxbury

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


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.
March 13, 2013
Melvin White

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A Night at the Roxbury is one of the first Will Ferrell films that I first saw, and I thought it was a pretty decent comedy. The film is fun to watch, and is the only watchable Chris Kattan film. The film is quite simple in its execution. The film provides you with mild laughter, and it works. Although this isn't a memorable comedy, it is lots of fun. As far as a film based on a skit from SNL is concerned, this is one of the better films. Though not perfect, it is a funny flick and is one of those films that should be watched with friends. For what it is, it's a mindless comedy with decent laughs. I enjoyed the ridiculousness of this film, and thought that the leads were pretty good. This was Will Ferrell in his heyday. This is the type of film that he made that actually was funny. Nowadays, Ferrell is hit or miss. But this was made back when he was funny and his career was just warming up. A decent laugh fest that is harmless fun, A Night at the Roxbury makes you laugh, and is quite underrated. Compared to later SNL films, this is among the few that are funny. However, this isn't the greatest of SNL films that honor belongs to Wayne's World 1 and 2. If you're a Will Ferrell fan, check this out. This is one of his earliest best comedies, even if it's nothing great, it's a decent comedy to watch and a mindless good time. A Night at the Roxbury is decent for what it is, and is better than what most people think. Give it a shot, you may enjoy it.
May 9, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This movie is hilarious! Kattan and Ferrell make a brilliant team. Even though they look nothing like brothers, their relationship is believable, and very funny. All the actors in this are hilarious even in the smaller roles. It was hard to imagine that such a small SNL skit could be made into a movie, but it really works, and surprises you. I highly recommend this movie.
November 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

I'm not gonna say it was bad.....but it sure as hell wasn't good
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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