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Two Night Stand
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Two Night Stand is a winning (if somewhat flawed) romantic comedy about two young adults who hook up and then grapple with deciding whether they want to get to know each other better. The material is downright grown-up, especially sections in which a man and a woman openly discuss what makes each other good in bed ... and then proceed to practice. Expect scenes that show them in a variety of sexual positions, though no sensitive body parts are fully shown. The main characters also swear a lot ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), smoke pot, and argue.
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What's the story?
With no job and a long-term boyfriend who's cheated on her and moved on, it's no wonder that Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is deep in the doldrums. Her roommate wants her to move on -- and quite possibly move out -- so she encourages Megan to meet someone new. Megan goes online and, at a new hook-up website, messages Alec (Miles Teller), who seems witty and funny and far more normal than the rest of her options. But what she intended to be a one-night stand turns out to last far longer, thanks to a winter storm that has turns New York into snowpocalypse central. What happens when a fleeting encounter turns into a situation you can't easily flee?
Is it any good?
Director Max Nichols (son of Mike Nichols) has fashioned something that seems increasingly elusive: an interesting romantic comedy. In TWO NIGHT STAND he proves himself able to let his charming leads do what they do best: banter and parry and bring to life modern-day young adults grappling with the age-old quest to find true love ... and dealing with what happens when it comes along when you least expect it.
Teller and Tipton are evenly matched as two New Yorkers armed with relationship baggage and fears. Their conversation is engaging and relevant enough for audiences to want to sit through long scenes when the only thing they do is talk ... which makes it all the more frustrating when the movie's contrived ending threatens to ruin all the good wok that comes before. Another quibble: It sure would be nice if movies didn't always rely on stock characters like the quirky, flighty Megan, a trope if there ever was one. But Tipton's chemistry with Teller is so good you can almost forgive it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Two Night Stand depicts sex and relationships. Is it more realistic than other romantic comedies? Why or why not? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these topics.
The film briefly refers to websites that connect people who want a quick hook-up. How does it portray these sites? What are their real-life risks?
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