Despite the presence of Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon in the cast, the film may have a steep uphill climb ahead of it due to its grim central premise: A Miami bachelorette party turns tragic when an overenthusiastic reveler Jillian Bell accidentally kills a male stripper. When a trailer for the film dropped in March, it inspired a wave of outrage over its perceived callousness concerning the safety of sex workers. But this story was nothing new. The inciting incident in that movie, after all, was the accidental death of a stripper at a rowdy bachelor party in Las Vegas. In fact, the premise may not even have been new when Berg used it. At the time, he was accused of having purloined the plot from a now totally forgotten film called Stag directed by Gavin Wilding.
And that's the way Mr. Berg seems to want it. Inspired by the insight that packs of guys visiting Las Vegas can behave stupidly, Mr. Berg creates dull middle-class buddies in the throes of a bachelor party.
Kyle Fisher Jon Favreau , a long-faced Los Angeles yuppie, is all set to marry Laura Cameron Diaz , a silky, domineering princess who sees her imminent wedding not as a romantic fulfillment but as a victory in the great American popularity-consumerist sweepstakes. When Kyle declines to sleep with her, Michael Jeremy Piven , high on excess, carries her off to the bathroom for a round of frenzied wall-banging sex. A little too frenzied: As their encounter reaches its climax, he realizes that he has accidentally impaled her on a towel hanger. Should they call the cops?