UK Release Date: 13th February 2015
Runtime: 82 minutes
Director: Max Nichols
Writer: Mark Hammer
Starring: Analeigh Tipton, Miles Teller, Jessica Szohr, Scott Mescudi, Leven Rambin
Synopsis: A couple who hook up on a dating website are forced to extend their terrible one night stand when a freak snowstorm traps them in a flat together.
With multiplex screens dominated over the Valentine’s weekend by the bondage behemoth Fifty Shades of Grey, it was a good time to slip an underwhelming release into cinemas under the radar. Enter Two Night Stand, which is about as blandly conventional as the romcom formula can get.
After the collapse of her engagement, Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is unemployed and treading water living with her friends. They encourage her to sign up for online dating in the hope of reinvigorating her life with a one night stand. One disappointing session later, Megan is keen to leave the apartment of Alec (Miles Teller), but finds herself trapped in his home by a freak snowstorm.
Right from the start, Two Night Stand is a film crippled by its near-religious adherence to romcom tropes and conventions. It never deviates from the established formula and, as a result, there’s never any doubt as to where the plot is going or how it will get there.
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At the centre of it all are Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton, who have so little chemistry that they make Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson look made for each other. As they trade what I’m sure the scriptwriter believes is “spiky banter”, it’s as if each performance is entirely separate from the other. They may as well have been in different rooms. Tipton, who was great value in Crazy, Stupid Love here rids her character of anything approaching humanity and turns her into a onesie-wearing bore.
Two Night Stand is never outright dull, but it simply isn’t funny enough to adequately function as a comedy movie. There’s a listless feel to the film that means it never has any forward momentum, even as the central couple begin to realise that they might not hate each other as much as they first thought.
The entire film is just begging for an injection of wit. It’s as if they put Two Night Stand together like a recipe and realised a little too late that they’d forgotten to pop to the supermarket and pick up some jokes. There’s potential in the premise, but Two Night Stand is completely blind to its own untapped possibilities. It’s a lot keener on turning Miles Teller’s character into an obsessive imbecile. This is a long way from his stellar work in Whiplash.
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The main sin of the film is simply that it isn’t interesting. It does nothing to change or subvert the romcom formula and seems content to simply go through the motions in the hope of securing a lazy Valentine’s audience. In fact, I’m convinced that at least half of its box office came from people who just couldn’t get a seat for Fifty Shades.
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Sneaking in and out of cinemas with very little fanfare, Two Night Stand is an utterly inessential film with virtually nothing to offer.
Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton eschew their respective career highs in order to co-star in a vehicle that has almost nothing to recommend it, other than for a couple browsing Netflix on a Sunday evening in a year’s time. That’s its ideal market.
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