#498 – A Night At The Roxbury


DIRECTED BY: John Fortenberry

STARRING: Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Jennifer Coolidge, Loni Anderson, Dan Hedaya, Molly Shannon, Richard Grieco and Chazz Palminteri

FAVE QUOTE: I was like EMILIO!” – Steve Butabi

FAVE MOMENT: The wedding scene where Steve hits on the bridesmaid, Eva Mendes, just before he’s about to get married. Just as he’s about to kiss the bride, Doug shows up, boombox and all, to the sound of Haddaway’s ‘What Is Love’. I dare you not to bob your head.



Steve and Doug Butabi dream of opening their own club as cool as the Roxbury. The problem is, they are so uncool, they’ve never even been inside the Roxbury. They still live at home and work at a plant store owned by their dad who is pressuring Steve to marry Emily, the daughter of the owner of the neighboring lamp store.


At number 498 is Ferrell and Kattan in A Night At The Roxbury. The film stars Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as idiot brothers (no…yes) Steve and Doug Butabi, where Doug dreams of one day having the coolest club in all of Roxbury while Steve doesn’t really think at all.

Spawned into a feature length film after several sketches as the Butabi brothers on Saturday Night Live, it’s strange to think at the time, Chris Kattan was expected to be the latest one from the SNL crew to breakout into the film business  and Will Ferrell was just really starting to come into his own. How times have changed. Well put it this way, Will Ferrell is still front lining films (even if most of them out outside of either his Adam McKay or John C Reilly collaborations tank at the box office), last time I seen Chris Kattan was the advert from either Pepsi or Coke during the Superbowl gimmicking the Haddaway ‘What Is Love’ song with head bobbing ala A Night At The Roxbury.

The film hasn’t really dated well in recent times (the mobile phones are the size of a fucking brick for starters) and some of the dialogue is as cheesy as a chicago town pizza but that’s the essence of the film. With a cheesefest filler of 90′s songs (from Real McCoy ‘Another Night’ to No Mercy ‘Where Do You Go’) to some interesting cameos (Eva Mendes, Michael Clarke Duncan and in a good sport  role is Richard Grieco playing himself) fans of Will Ferrell will love this and some may be disappointed that a certain Jim Carrey is not in the film. You know what I’m talking about.


~ by Irish Cinephile on October 21, 2011.

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