Two Night Stand is a hollow picked apart and Hollywood-ified romantic comedy, stripped of all originality despite its unique situation.
Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is a girl trying to get back on the horse, after she is left in the wind after a brief engagement. Pressured by her roommate, who is trying to get her out of the apartment for good, Megan resorts to online dating to have a casual encounter to ease back in dating. Lucky for her, Alec (Miles Teller), has an empty half of a bed in the land known as Brooklyn. Waking up after their casual tryst, Megan is unable to sneak out when she find the door blocked by four feet of snow and must throw out her goodbye note saying “Thanks”. A snowstorm of the century forces Alex and Megan, two complete strangers with the exception of seeing each other naked, to prolong their meet-cute far past the one-night stand status.
I had heard of this film when it first came about in 2011 when Mark Hammer’s script got an article written about it due to the real life circumstances that served as inspiration for his material. Intrigued, I anxiously awaited and imagined a fast paced film with witty introspective banter spoken by jaded progressive 20-somethings set in New York City. Two Night Stand fails splendidly in delivering the film for which I hoped.
Instead what you get with Two Night Stand is a picked apart carcass of a worthy idea. The characters are just shy of being archetypes, Megan the type-A neurotic and Alex the carefree funny guy. The film resorts to cheap and petty forcefully injected problems and disagreements to unnecessarily cause drama to drive the story rather than interesting characters and original conversation.
I wanted so much to like this film more than I did, but the characters and film itself is so predictable and hollow that it is completely impossible. Two Night Stand is weak and formulaic without any sort of originality or creation.