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September 26, 2014

Booty fall

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:33 pm

September 26, 2014

Cast: Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, Kid Cudi, Leven Rambin

Director: Max Nichols

Some movies are perfectly watchable, just not compelling enough to make a trip to the cinema for. Two Night Stand is one of those films. It’s your standard rom-com, featuring pleasant enough actors and a premise that sounds promising. But an hour into the film when nothing – and I mean absolutely nothing – original happens, you’ll wish you’d waited for the DVD instead.

Recently dumped by her fiance, also jobless and broke, depressed New Yorker Megan (Analeigh Tipton) finally musters up the courage and signs up on an online dating site. Taking her roommate’s advice to pursue a no-strings-attached one-night-stand, she begins chatting with Alec (Miles Teller), the first guy who seems moderately interesting, and heads over to his place for a hookup. But when they get into an argument the next morning, she’s horrified to discover that overnight the city has been hit by a massive blizzard and that she can’t get out of his apartment building. You know what happens next! Trapped in his flat for two nights, they inevitably find themselves drawn to each other.

Aside from a few sharply written scenes – including one in which they give each other tips on how to be better in the sack – the film feels tired and over-familiar, and never breaks new ground. What’s more, the script doesn’t offer any profound or deep insights about love or sex or even online dating, making this the kind of harmless, time-pass film you could enjoy while simultaneously cleaning out your cupboard. Nevertheless, director Max Nichols (son of Mike Nichols, who directed Dustin Hoffman in his breakout film, The Graduate) lucks out with two talented leads who breathe life into familiar tropes. Both Tipton and Teller have a charming presence and a nice chemistry; they even make some of the flat dialogue work.

I’m going with two out of five for Two Night Stand. It’s cutesy and inoffensive, but also entirely forgettable.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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