Welcome to 50 first times; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate films that I’VE NEVER SEEN. I aim to work my way through 50 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
This collection of posts is a follow-up to 90 from the ’90s. However, while I previously focused on films from the 1990s, this time around I’m widening the field to cover any movie from any decade (although today I’m back in the ’90s).
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Today I’m watching…
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Over the years, certain films have been recommended to me. A Night at the Roxbury is one of those movies.
Although I should point out it has always been recommended in a “it’s not great, but it’s fun” kind of way.
Due to these recommendations it was only a matter of time until I got around to watching it, but what has prompted the desire to watch it today?
Well, first and foremost, when I was compiling a list of 50 films I knew A Night at the Roxbury had to be on that list. Secondly, the movie has recently been added to Amazon Prime Video, making it easy for me to view.
However, there is a third reason – and it’s Spider-Man related.
You may have seen some recent photos from the Spider-Man: Far From Home premiere. Photos of actors Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal decked out in rather striking suits.
The suits were a nod to A Night at the Roxbury (see below).
If this isn’t reason enough to finally watch this movie, then I don’t know what is!
If it’s good enough for Tom and Jake, then it’s good enough for me.
“You know what we’re going to do when we get our own club?
30 minutes into the film – This movie has a great ’90s soundtrack (N-Trance, Ace of Base etc) as well as a Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion kind of vibe, but I’m not quite sold on it.
32 minutes into the film – THIS DANCE ROUTINE IS BRILLIANT!!!!!! I LOVE THIS DANCE ROUTINE!!!!!
Further observations (after the excitement of the dance routine has worn off):
Yeah, this film isn’t working. It has fun moments here and there (THAT DANCE ROUTINE), but it’s more miss than hit.
Erm… unless I’m simply not getting this movie?!
Maybe that’s it. Maybe I just don’t get this film.
*Looks up the film’s rating online, to see its critical reception*
IMDb rating – 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating – 11% (an audience score of 69%)
Metacritic rating – 26 (out of 100)
Oh dear. Perhaps a lot of people don’t get this movie.
Even more observations:
What is love? by Haddaway has been played FIVE TIMES! It’s six times if you include the remix that appears at the very end of the credits after the regular version!
As much as I love the song that’s an excessive amount of Haddaway for an 81-minute movie! What were the makers of this film thinking?
Come to think of it, why do I care? Haddaway is the best thing about this movie.
As noted above, A Night at the Roxbury shares a few similarities with Romy and Michelle, but it’s no Romy and Michelle. Instead it is a lame joke in desperate need of a punchline.
A Night at the Roxbury gets points for including a couple of appearances from Stifler’s mom (aka actress Jennifer Coolidge) but that’s about it. It’s rubbish and is not something I will ever return to.
It’s A Stampede! rating – SHIT!
Right, that’s eight movies down – 42 to go.
Should you want to check out the previous movies in this series, then take a look at my posts for The Dark Crystal (1982), Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985), Super (2010), When Harry Met Sally (1989), What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Shin Godzilla (2016), and Road House (1989).