Film: Two Night Stand
Direction: Max Nichols
Actors: Analeigh Tipton, Miles Teller
Evidently, memorable romantic comedies are hard to come by nowadays. In the insufferably dull Two Night Stand a couple of verbally combative strangers are stuck with each other after a one-night stand. Devoid of romance or comedy, the outcome is an ordeal to sit through despite the brief 85 minutes running time.
Making his directorial debut, Max Nichols (yes, he’s the son of Mike Nichols whose first feature was the acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966) squanders whatever little potential the premise had with his sitcom-ish style.
The story kicks off with a 20-something undergraduate (Tipton) hooking up with a cheery bloke (Teller) she chose on a dating website. The morning after their tryst, a massive snowstorm maroons the duo inside his claustrophobic New York apartment.
They bicker, make up and then bicker some more as scene after predictable scene unfolds. You don’t have to be a soothsayer to foresee that they will eventually stumble into each other’s arms for an all’s-well-that-ends-well resolution.
Over the course of their casual encounter, neither of the protagonists develops or deepens in a way that might have enlivened their trivialised romance. Both Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller are easy on the eye but they share zero chemistry as the amorous pair. In effect, Two Night Stand leaves us tone cold.