Two Night Stand (2014) Review

twonight1Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is in a slump after being cheated-on and dumped by her fiancé, so her roommate and friend convince her to use an online dating profile that Megan recently set up to try to get over her past-relationship by having a one-night-stand. After chatting very briefly online with Alec (Miles Teller) and making sure he isn’t a serial killer, Megan goes to his apartment and they sleep together. When Megan attempts to leave Alec’s apartment the morning after, she finds that there has been a huge snow-storm that has left New York at a standstill. Unable to leave the apartment of the guy she has just had not-so-satisfying sex with, Megan is stuck. The two of them are forced to stay in the closed-off space together until the snow subsides, forced to speak about the night before. Initially clashing with one-another, the two find common ground and begin to speak openly and honestly about their past relationships and their sexual encounter, including what was good and bad about it. It is here that they learn as much about themselves as they do about one another, unable to walk away from one another’s words.

First-time feature-film writer, Mark Hammer, and first-time director Max Nichols, team up to create a fairly-realistic portrayal of the after effects of a one night stand if the two almost-strangers were forced to co-exist against their will the morning after (and beyond that, even). The screenplay is well written, fresh and convincing, and the two leads do a good job of portraying the discomfort and weirdness of the situation they find themselves in. There are some cool touches of humour that don’t feel forced. It feels like natural interactions, written by someone who is of the same age-group as the performers. This is the first time I’ve seen Tipton in a lead role and I thought she was really good, shining as Megan, an awkward and somewhat lost young woman who has found herself in a rut due to heartbreak. Teller, as Alec, is very good, much-like he was in The Spectacular Now (2013). He plays the sarcastic and confident yet approachable guy well, though with a few extra layers that allow him to be more than just a typical rom-com lead.

The film, for most of its almost-90-minutes, sticks to the apartment, and our two main characters, and it manages to be entertaining and funny regardless of its lack of changing settings. We do meet some side-characters from time to time, specifically Megan’s roommate, Faiza (Jessica Szohr) and Faiza’s boyfriend, Cedric (Scott Mescudi). They provide friendship to Megan while also being the characters that push her and force her into situations that she might not have chosen to walk into herself. I liked these two side characters, though they weren’t around too much, they were funny and added plenty in the time they did appear on screen. It does enter predictable-territory as it goes on, and isn’t the most original of stories, but I didn’t find that hindered my enjoyment of the movie at any point. It is one of those films that is very much following a well-trodden template, though it manages to do something different with it. It feels fresh, modern and fun, and offers something breezy, which we all need sometimes.

In my view, this is part of a new wave of romantic comedy films that are being released nowadays. Indie-feeling films with romance and humour that feel not-so-Hollywood, and a little more true to life. Following in the footsteps of recent similar fare as The Spectacular Now and What If. It’s cute, it’s funny, and the cast do a great job. I’d recommend it for a night in on the sofa, or a date night at the cinema, for sure.

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