Two Night Stand and #Stuck movie(s) review: let’s (not) talk about casual sex

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#Stuck Two Night Stand red light

Apparently written by the same people who write the ridiculous quizzes and sex-tip listicles in Cosmo and Men’s Health
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A couple (Miles Teller [Divergent] and Analeigh Tipton [Lucy]/Joel David Moore [The Guest] and Madeline Zima) in New York/Los Angeles face the awkwardness of having their one-night stand dragged out into a second day thanks to a record-breaking snowstorm that shuts down all transit and strands her at his apartment/an epic traffic jam during the drive to pick up her vehicle that strands her in his car. Hence ensues uncomfortable conversations in which they reintroduce themselves, having forgotten each others’ names/uncomfortable conversations in which they reintroduce themselves, having forgotten each others’ names; protestations on her part that, honestly, she knows women always say this, but she really has never done anything like this before/protestations on her part that, honestly, she knows women always say this, but she really has never done anything like this before; and passive-aggressive confessions and accusations about sexual acts surreptitiously rushed through and faked/passive-aggressive confessions and accusations about sexual acts surreptitiously rushed through and faked. And if you think this is all rather unpleasant for the participants, it’s even worse for those of us forced to eavesdrop on their tedious, self-absorbed, ultimately unenlightening chatter. Frankness is a poor substitute for characters we enjoy spending time with doing stuff we might potentially care about, but please enjoy all the emotional engagement of a trip to the dentist. Apparently written by the same people who write the ridiculous quizzes and sex-tip listicles in Cosmoand Men’s Health — you know, the ones that pretend that all men and all women have precisely the same reactions toward particular physical acts and precisely the same attitudes about sex and relationships — these “celebrations” of casual sex posit is as — surprise! — just one more quirky and allegedy hilarious rom-com method of finding a long-term monogamous partner. Wait, what?

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RogerBW
RogerBW
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 5:09pm

If your medium isn’t interactive but is expensive to make, you have to try to appeal to the majority, and a cheap way of doing that is to reassure them that they are Normal and these kids today with their one-night stands are just looking for the Right One?

Dunno, really can’t see the appeal of rom-coms without at least a bit of a twist these days. Seeking a Friend…, Love Actually, even Sliding Doors goes far enough sideways to be appealing, but there has to be something.

Tonio Kruger
reply to  RogerBW
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 11:01pm

Most recent films I see aren’t exactly appealing to Silent Majority types so I’m not sure where you get this from.

Besides, normality in 2014 terms is a lot more liberal than normality in terms of 1964, 1974, 1984 or even 1994.

Your mileage obviously varies but I’m not necessarily sure it’s all that accurate.

37 Pieces Of Ric Flair
37 Pieces Of Ric Flair
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 9:47pm

I still think High Fidelity is one of the best rom-coms in ever.

Jurgan
Jurgan
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 2:36am

“please enjoy all the emotional engagement of a trip to the dentist.”

Hey, that’s unfair! I’m good friends with my dentist.

Tonio Kruger
reply to  Jurgan
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 10:56pm

I suspect MaryAnn has never seen the Dustin Hoffman movie Marathon Man. That was certainly emotionally engaging.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 12:35am

So does *Little Shop of Horrors.*

But I meant non-cinematic dental adventures. :-)

Jan_Willem
Jan_Willem
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 8:07am

Wow, two movies seamlessley reviewed as one. Surely this must be some kind of record?

David
David
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 4:19am

“I don’t engage in casual sex.”
“Fine, I’ll wear my tie.”