Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Rough Night”: In Scarlett Johansson Movie Sony, Lacking Popular Smart Phones with Cameras, Plugs Point and Shoot


Sony, once home of the Walkman, the most popular music playing device in the world, is struggling with hardware.

They don’t really have a music device, except for a hi-end digital Walkman that I love. But they don’t really have cell phones except for Xperia, which no one uses.

Even Sony knows that, so what to do when characters in Sony movies want to take pictures? In real life, 99% of all human beings whip out a smart phone with a camera.

Not so in “Rough Night,” a comedy Sony/Columbia Pictures will release on Friday starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon.

Lacking a smart phone with camera, the ladies (including Zoe Kravitz and Jillian Bell) take selfies and group pictures with a Sony RX point and shoot, average retail price around $500. Of course, it’s preposterous. No bachelorette party of snarky gals would be lugging around a real camera. They’d be using smart phones. But it’s a Sony corporate plug. It’s very obvious.

One personal thing: I dig it. I carry a Lumix camera comparable to the Sony for excellent photo taking. Cell phone pictures are at their best, terrible. But I don’t carry it to parties. I’ve heard the RX-100 series is very good. So we’ll give them that !


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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