Two Night Stand (2014)

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“So your place or mine?”

There has to be a logical explanation as to why so many romantic comedies follow the same archetype. Could be the fault of a hapless screenwriter unable to think outside the box. Might be that actors and directors try to be too much like something they’ve seen. Or maybe it’s been so redundant that we’ve cycled through all of the originality and charm. Two Night Stand isn’t awful, and at some points even feels like a breath of fresh air. Then it swiftly falls back down from cloud nine and lands face first. You’ll feel like you’re doing the notorious walk of shame once it’s over.

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The story is set in New York City because that’s where RomComs reside. Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is a sad sap, an unemployed and single Twixter who lives with her sister Faiza (Jessica Szohr) and her boyfriend Cedric (Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi). Unfulfilled spending her days binge watching TV and longing for romance, she turns to online dating. Red wine helps her loosen up as she talks to the unknown suitors. It couldn’t go worse until Alec (Miles Teller) messages her. The two hit it off, as much as you can through online text, and agree to meet up. Off to his trendy brick walled apartment we go.

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Miles Teller once again excels as a character he’s played multiple times in his budding career. Alec is a nice guy who is trying to hookup, but he obviously wants more than a one night fling. A snowstorm plays the catalyst for the story as it forces the two into lockdown. They’re stuck whether they like it or not, which in this case is not…I can’t remember why though. Might as well make good use of the time if they are going to be in close quarters for the unforeseen future. They give it another go, entirely in the name of science, and try to help the other person figure out the rights and wrongs of sexual behavior with the opposite sex. Things start to click, a match is sparked, fireworks boom. Just as you would expect. It’s the liveliest and most enjoyable part of the movie.

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Besides being a completely unrealistic and farfetched approach to romance, the biggest problem falls on the leads. Teller and Tipton are great as the accidental lovers. Still, the characters are not written strongly enough to bear the heavy load the story places on them. Get rid of them and you have no movie. And the ending…oh man, the ending. I challenge anyone to watch this movie and think the climax is anything but foolish. Alec acts on an ill-judged idea and Megan turns into a basic, undemanding woman ready to pardon his actions and laugh it off on a whim. A seven night stand with more developed side characters would’ve worked better. That at least could potentially achieve what all RomComs strive to be; a distinctive and inventive tale of romance. It has its moments, but Two Night Stand winds up being positively conventional. The following quote nicely sums up the film.

“I’m horny, but I’m also somewhat lazy.”

Rating: 2 out of 5

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