Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2014 romantic comedy Two Night Stand, starring Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton.
The plot follows Megan (Tipton) and Alec (Teller) as they get snowed in after a one night stand and have to spend far more time together than they originally thought. It's certainly a fun premise and while the film has some bright spots, it is ultimately a disappointing and inconsistent movie.
Trying a bit hard to be a new kind of romantic comedy for modern times, where Two Night Stand mostly fails is some very odd character choices throughout the movie which makes it all not very relatable. It feels like there was potential here sprouting out of the premise, but it falls apart by the end. I liked the two main characters, which is important since we spend most of the movie with them. The few supporting roles are decently done, but making a simple, realistic, relatable movie fell just out of reach with the absurd hurdles Megan and Alec have to overcome as they get to know each other. I also would have preferred if the whole movie was just the two days they had to spend together. Stretching it past that time didn't help the movie either.
I tend to be pretty critical of romantic comedies (the few that I do see) since they all seem to be so formulaic and generic. This film had potential but it squandered it. Real romance and love is not as simple or as complex and dramatic as movies tend to make it. I haven't seen a lot of instances of the true nature of relationships being done well on screen, but perhaps it wouldn't be as compelling if it were. There always has to be conflict to drive a plot.
Nevertheless, you can check out Two Night Stand for yourself if you'd like to form your own opinion. I had seen some promotion for it randomly and since I have a trial of HBO Now right now, I was able to check it out on there since I intrigued by the premise.