What is Love? Certainly not ‘A Night at The Roxbury’

By The Columbia Chronicle

James Boozer


Following the success of “Wayne’s World” and “Wayne’s World 2” comes yet another “Saturday Night Live” sketch-turned-movie nudging its way into an already crowded fall movie season.

“A Night at The Roxbury” stars Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell as two brothers who, after spending seven years in high school, find themselves working at their father’s silk plant store during the day and hitting the club scene at night. Wearing flamboyant suits and gold chains and perpetually bobbing their heads to their favorite song, “What Is Love,” Steve and Doug Butabi head to L.A.’s No. 1 nightclub: The Roxbury. However, getting in proves to be harder than they expected.

Their hopes are dashed when their names, to no surprise, are not on The Roxbury’s list and they’re left standing on the sidewalk wondering how to get in the crowned jewel of all clubs. Fortunately for them, they’re involved in a fender bender with a club regular (Richard Grieco playing himself), invites them to join him at The Roxbury to avoid a lawsuit.

Once inside the club, Steve and Doug marvel over the people and the atmosphere as they make their way to meet the club’s owner, Mr. Zadir. Amazed by Mr. Zadir’s accomplishments, the Butabi brothers discuss their ideas of creating a club where the patrons feel like they’re standing outside a club.

Afterward, Steve and Doug are picked up by two money-hungry club vixens played by Elisa Donovan and Gigi Rice who mistakenly think the brothers are millionaires. Following a hot dance number, they move to Zadir’s mansion for what can only be described as a night to remember.

And that’s where the story begins of how the “Roxbury Guys” took advantage of what they considered an opportunity of a lifetime and end up realizing just how much that opportunity changed their lives forever.

After comparing scenes from this movie to the popular sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” I’m left pondering a couple of things.

First, in the “SNL” sketch, it would appear that the guys are bachelors in their late 30s (early 40s maybe) who go from club to club in search of women.

In the movie, they are portrayed as guys in their early to mid 20s still living at home. I can understand that a storyline had to be developed in order to make the sketch into a movie, but the plot was just too stupid to believe.

Trying to add dialog to characters who never talked before proved to be a problem for both the writers and producers of this movie. While the songs in this movie brought back good memories, I was deeply disappointed with this movie because it took away what was funny about the TV sketch.

This movie will likely join other “SNL” movies that didn’t live up to their expectations like “The Coneheads” and “Pat.” While Ferrell’s and Kattan’s portrayal of the Butabi brothers was okay, it will not be enough to save this movie from its impending disaster at the box office.