Parents' Guide to

Two Night Stand

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Offbeat romcom takes frank look at sex, relationships.

Movie R 2014 86 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

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 reinforce stereotypes that are unhelpful, or often damaging. Without discussing specific common stereotypes and misconceptions here, these issues become central to the turning point in the plot. And hopefully, viewers, especially younger ones, can also discuss and challenge their perceptions of what sex should be like. A good follow up to these points would be to read books or blogs or listen to podcasts that deal with sex therapy. Some positive points are that women often experience pressure to "fake it," which is a bad move for everyone. Women should be empowered to say what they need/want and that couples should be open in discussing their sexual desires and needs and take the time to learn from each other. This is a mature topic, just because it is overtly about sex, but once a couple is sexually active or considering sexual activity, the ability to communicate openly, without apology, and put into practice what they discuss is crucial for a healthy sexual relationship. In this sense, the movie portrays a very positive and therapeutic message. Some might consider that the fact that it is a hookup relationship may be less positive. There is some redemption, however, as each person begins to reconsider their choices and move toward a better and more real approach to their relationship. Lastly, as I stated earlier, the plot and the characters seem a bit like an excuse for getting to this discussion and these messages. It is clever that the couple is forced to stay longer than planned in order to create a context in which their frank discussion and sex "practice" become plausible. It also creates a microcosm in which, regardless of the type of sexual relationship we might be in ourselves, we can see ourselves in the awkward position of trying to negotiate our needs and desires with another person. In a way, the hookup nature of their relationship I think was intended to create a more liberating space in which to have this learning experience. The characters are a bit implausible, however, though perhaps just in how quickly they rise to a better perspective and approach to their relationships. The girl is both without ambitions and lost in regard to relationships, but then rises immediately to become very self-determining when it comes to sex and her new relationship. The boy is also apparently immature, but then shows a hidden side of great caring and insight. All in all, the banter and romance are cute, it has a feel-good ending, and portrays some relevant issues that take some positive steps to counteracting common media stereotypes and unhelpful messaging, especially for women.

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Great messages
age 14+

So cuteeeee

Other than the sexual stuff, it’s a really great love story. Def worth watching!

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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