Two Night Stand

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Offbeat romcom takes frank look at sex, relationships.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to relationships. Also, it's best not to put on a personae when getting to know someone; it's more important to be yourself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Megan and Alec are willing to put themselves on the line to really get to know each other. Megan is straightforward and honest, and Alec is accepting and straightforward, too.

Violence

A tense argument. Two people break into a neighbor's apartment in an emergency.

Sex

No breasts/genitals are seen, but plenty of scenes that show a couple in various sexual positions, sometimes under the covers. Viewers don't see what they're doing, but you can pretty much guess. Also frank talk about orgasms and sexual technique.

Language

Frequent use of a variety of words, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn, "a--hole," and more.
 

Consumerism

The Apple logo is seen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking by adults. Two people smoke pot using a bong.
 

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byPeace of my mind May 27, 2019

sex re-education

I see the entire plot as a somewhat clever and cute backdrop to make a few sex educational points. As is traditionally the case, media portrayals of sex often r... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrook K. October 14, 2018

So cuteeeee

Other than the sexual stuff, it’s a really great love story. Def worth watching!
Teen, 15 years old Written bymro15 August 23, 2016
I actually really enjoyed this movie. Say what you want about it, but I've seen it twice now and I think its the perfect balance of romance and comedy. Pre... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRosieflo April 7, 2015

Hilarious great film

I love this film and Miles Teller. As you can tell from the title there is a lot of sex and sexual references. There is a very graphic and detailed sex scene wh... Continue reading

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?

Movie details

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