Two Night Stand (2014)

Two Night Stand is a feature debut by director Max Nichols starring Analeigh Tipton and  Miles Teller.  Both of these two young actors are very talented and have shown promise early on in their careers, and I hope that there is more to come from both of them.  Unfortunately, this is a paint-by-numbers rom-com that is not deserving of either of them.

Megan (Tipton) is coming out of the doldrums of a messy breakup and end up with a one-night stand with Alec (Teller), except that a blizzard blows through NYC and forces them to extend their one-night stand.  While there are some moments of nice dialogue (“Your name sounds like the first draft of a name.”), there is not much to be said of the majority of this film except for that the two leads are good.  It’s disappointing how clichéd it all is: guy and girl meet, don’t like each other, are forced to stick together due to outside influences.  Hostility between the two begins to thaw, they begin to fall for each other, plot twist forces them apart and seemingly end the relationship before it really starts, grand gesture is performed to make them live happily ever after.  There is little fresh here.

What is fresh comes from Tipton and Teller.  Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller are two up and coming actors in my opinion.  Tipton caught my attention in a small role in 2011’s Stupid, Crazy, Love and then followed that up with a solid supporting in Damsels in Distress and in 2013 with a supporting role in Warm Bodies.  This is her first leading role, and she is mostly equal to the task.  She has an easy rapport with Teller on screen.  Teller is easily the more established name of the two, given the critical acclaim he has received for The Spectacular Now and Whiplash, and a few other films with some box office success.  He has charisma and charm and an ease with just about anyone he is acting with and whatever dialogue he is performing.  They work well together, even with a pedestrian story.

Two Night Stand doesn’t reinvent the wheel with hardly any of the rom-com tropes it plays with, and it plays it safe with most of them.  It’s two leads are promising and seem game for anything and they are both easy to like, but you wish they had a better story here to support them.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

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