A Night at the Roxbury

October 2nd, 1998


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Two dim-witted brothers dream of owning their own dance club or at least getting into the coolest and most exclusive club in town, The Roxbury.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.8/10 (29,653 voted)

Critic's Score: 26/100

Director: John Fortenberry

Stars: Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Raquel Gardner

The Roxbury Guys, Steve and Doug Butabi, want to get into the best club in town, and also hope to open their own club. Vivica, a gold-digging supermodel, and her friend Cambi try to work the Roxbury Guys for their money, only to find out the pair is broke.

Writers: Steve Koren, Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell - Steve Butabi
Chris Kattan - Doug Butabi
Raquel Gardner - Hat Girl
Viveca Paulin - Porsche Girl
Paulette Braxton - Porsche Girl
Michael M. Horton - Security Guard
Richard Francese - Security Guard
Jennifer Coolidge - Hottie Cop
Michael Clarke Duncan - Roxbury Bouncer (as Michael 'Big Mike' Duncan)
Richard Grieco - Richard Grieco
Trish Ramish - Roxbury Club Girl
Loni Anderson - Barbara Butabi
Dan Hedaya - Kamehl Butabi
Gina Mari - Saturday Night Fever Girl
Roy Jenkins - Flower Customer #1

Taglines: Score!

Release Date: 2 October 1998

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,604,791 (USA) (4 October 1998) (1865 Screens)

Gross: $30,324,946 (USA) (3 January 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Amy Heckerling directed some scenes (uncredited).

Revealing mistakes: When Steve and Doug are in the van, the hanging flowers behind their heads change color from scene to scene.

Steve Butabi: I'm used to seeing Doug behind the register. I miss him.
Kamehl Butabi: He's in the guest house. It's 10 feet away. It's a mansion in there.
Steve Butabi: It doesn't have cable.
Kamehl Butabi: Yes it does. It has Cinemax!
Steve Butabi: But there's no HBO! GOD!
[runs off crying]

User Review

secretly wonderful

Rating: 8/10

I'm going out on a limb here. I've just bombed "Joe Dirt," and now I'm going to do an about-face on modern comedies and argue that "A Night at the Roxbury" is brilliant. Most critics didn't see a distinction between these two bombs, but I do.

Comedy oftentimes depends on suffering. Comic protagonists always take a beating, and we either laugh with them, or at them, or maybe we laugh not at all because we couldn't care less. The essential question is, are the protagonists of "A Night at the Roxbury" lovable losers or just totally annoying dweebs who deserve all the grief they get?

You know my answer already. I love the Butabi brothers. They have a strong fraternal bond, they're obsessed with Emilio Estevez, and they can't get any play. What's not to love?

Dan Hedaya is great as the brothers' disgruntled dad, and Chazz Palminteri does a hilarious cameo as an entrepreneur obsessed with ass-grabbing. Richard Grieco demonstrates a remarkable sense of humor about himself by allowing the Butabis to build him up as a big celebrity, when the joke is obviously that he's a total has-been. What a sport, eh?

Nice song, too. I like this stupid movie. Really, I do.