Two Night Stand
|Two Night Stand|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Max Nichols|
|Screenplay by||Mark Hammer|
|Edited by||Matt Garner|
|Distributed by||Entertainment One|
Two Night Stand is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Max Nichols and written by Mark Hammer. The film stars Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, Leven Rambin, and Scott Mescudi.
On November 10, 2013, it was announced that there were two offers for the rights of the film in the US. Entertainment One acquired the rights to distribute the film in the US on November 21, 2013, for a release in 2014.
Megan is unemployed and single, and one day she joins a dating website. Her roommates, who just want her to move out, invite her to a party at a club. After a bouncer refuses to let her into the club on the grounds that she looks too young and she is without ID, she sees her ex, Chris, and later decides to have a one-night stand with one of the men she saw on the website, Alec. The next morning, they are less than cordial to each other, but Megan can't leave because of a blizzard. Forced to spend more time together, the two end up telling each other what they did wrong the previous night, convinced that they will never see each other again, and Megan suggests that they "try again". Afterwards, Megan discovers a closet full of women's clothes, and pictures of Alec with a girl. She finds out that Alec's girlfriend, Daisy, had written a note to him, saying that she wanted to break up, but hadn't given it to him, but he had found it accidentally. Alec wanted to have something to rub in her face when she broke up with him, and so he had joined the dating website. Angry, Megan leaves.
When Daisy returns, she finds a note that Megan had scribbled, and she and Alec exchange the notes that they had found, and they break up. At a New Year's Eve party, Megan is arrested because the same note was found in Alec's neighbor's apartment, which the two had broken into earlier. Alec arrives to the prison with flowers and balloons. He pays bail, but Megan refuses to see him or even leave the holding cell. Later, when her roommate comes to pay bail, Alec apologizes, saying that he didn't know her last name and that this was the only way he thought he could see her again. He says that it might be something that the two of them would laugh about years later, but Megan is still angry because she had to spend time in prison. She makes him a deal, asking for his number and promising to call him the moment she laughed about it. She takes a closer look at the presents he gave her. Minutes later, she starts laughing upon seeing the balloon read "I'm sorry, I'm an asshole" and calls Alec. He meets her outside the police station and they kiss in the middle of the road, when it starts snowing again.
- Miles Teller as Alec
- Analeigh Tipton as Megan
- Jessica Szohr as Faiza
- Leven Rambin as Daisy
- Scott Mescudi as Cedric
- Michael Showalter as Rick Raines
- Josh Salatin as Chris
- Kellyn Lindsay as Becca
- Chris Conroy as Ben
- Joey Lauren Adams as Voice of Customer service agent
The film follows two people who meet online and are forced to extend their one-night stand because of a snowstorm. Perhaps surprisingly the plot would eventually mirror a natural disaster the production faced once it became time to shoot. “The script was one out of a hundred where I thought, ‘I have to do this movie,'” said Nichols, a veteran director of music videos and son of Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols and novelist Annabel Davis-Goff. “I was intrigued from the very premise. The characters are smart and funny, but the story digs much deeper…It reminded me of coming-of-age stories from my youth.” Nichols read the script, which appeared on the Blacklist in December, 2011, and pitched his vision of the story to producers Beau Flynn, Ruben Fleischer and Adam Yoelin. “I was shooting a Willie Nelson video in Austin, TX in May  and got a call that I [was on board],” said Nichols. “We immediately started casting the film and were lucky to have a lot of talented actors and actresses who were interested, but there was something about Analeigh [Tipton's] ‘Megan’ that caught my attention.” Nichols said it was “essential” that her character’s ‘date’ Alec understand that “he’s never met a girl like her and can’t let her go.” Miles Teller joined the cast soon afterward as Alec and the rest of casting was completed in late summer.
After the primary cast was in place, producers went off “to work their [financing] magic,” said Nichols and the shoot was scheduled for October 2012, which coincided with Hurricane Sandy. “Production had to go down for two days,” said Nichols. “After it was over we had the challenge of a gas shortage which meant no power for our generators and trucks.” The Two Night Stand shoot was only scheduled to take 19 days and some of the planned locations were without electricity post-storm. “Analeigh and Miles were staying downtown in an apartment and were stranded there without power,” added Nichols, giving the actors a real-life parallel to their characters’ own predicament. Production managed to recoup its time-loss and Nichols bunkered down with editor Matt Garner at Harbor Picture Company to edit.
Two Night Stand premiered at the American Film Market in early 2014 and distributor eOne came on board soon after its screening at The Grove. The film opened in limited release on September 26, 2014 before release on iTunes and video on demand a week later on October 3.
The film received negative review from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 31%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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