Checking In: “Two Night Stand”

After months of waiting, I was able to catch a sneak preview of “Two Night Stand” last Wednesday. The theater had a healthy turnout of mostly college-aged kids and post-grads waiting to see Miles Teller and Analeigh Tiption’s characters meditate on love gained and lost. Judging from any movie’s trailer, a crucial part of entertainment marketing, it’s exciting to see bodies in motion and thoughts laid bare. In the case of “Two Night Stand”, I was immediately struck by how funny Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi came across and wanted to see how Miles and Analeigh would get on, as I am a fan of both actors. Analeigh, to me, is one of the new faces of the “romantic comedy”, a film genre that I was never a huge fan of but in the past five years have started to appreciate thanks to TBS and E! “Movies We Love” weekend programming. Miles Teller is one of the best young actors of my generation, in my opinion. Knocking out roles in diverse fare such as “The Spectacular Now”, “Divergent”, “That Awkward Moment”, “Footloose”, and “Rabbit Hole”, Teller and his team are very adept at choosing film projects to showcase his enviable acting range.

With Tipton and Teller together, I was fully engrossed in their online “meet cute”, which was nicely done courtesy of the film’s director, Max Nichols. As a first time feature film director, Nichols knew his audience before they even were aware of him. In my experience, the audience were physically engaged with this movie through raucous laughter and during the most heartfelt of moments, you could hear whispers, gasps, and other sounds of agreement in knowing what it is like to be a millenial dating in OUR Tinder/Grindr free world.

One of the most tender, thought-prodding  parts of the movie that put all of my feels in a chokehold was when Teller’s Alec tells Tipton’s Megan about our generation’s need to think that we are supposed to love our jobs is all wrong. He then goes into talking more about work and gratification and I felt like things got REAL. His monologue was that conversation you have in your head… on a late Monday night… after a crappy day because everyone seemed to have the Monday blues and they were contagious. After having been knocked down a few pegs earlier in the day, doubt has crept in and you wonder if you will ever be truly happy, or if you, along with every other human you come into contact with on a daily basis, are doomed to a life of dissatisfaction to some degree.

Beneath all of the glaring examples of failed marriages and sometimes endless dating rituals, we are all just trying to connect. “Two Night Stand” shows us not only how some young adults have approached one-night stands for a while now, but how a hookup can turn into a come up and  a connection has the potential to deepen into something more.

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