Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
Bea, a worrisome teenager, reconnects with her introverted childhood friend, Andy. The two overcome their differences in social status one night after their high school prom. Thirty-something Elizabeth must decide whether to salvage her relationship with Drew after much personal disappointment. Past and present collide as two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.
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A thoughtful romance!
A film like 1 Night comes along every now and then and surprises me on how much more territory the romance genre has left to offer film goers. We live an era where moviegoers want lust, like Fifty Shades Darker. But that message is blank and meaningless. A film like 1 Night has dignity and intelligence that drives the romance of the film. Instead of skin flick, we have a smart flick. The acting is natural and honest. No kinky billionaires here. Common people are the characters and that allows the story and the audience to empathize and put themselves in the character's shoes. The film succeeds in laying all of its cards on the table to give rare, romantic sincerity to the narrative and dialogue. But there are several surprises up its sleeve that guarantee a grander mosaic and deeper message that will surely invite all to a gleefully welcomed second viewing. The message is clear: Romance never dies, it's transcendent.
A great movie concept that falls flat
One Night is a movie that pushes too much charm on the audience and lacks the substance needed to propel the characters where they need to go internally. Chatwin's Drew is two dimensional at best while Camp's Elizabeth takes herself way too seriously. The true chemistry in this movie lies with Kyle Allen and Isabelle Fuhrman, their scenes together are what really make this movie worth the watch - they're palpable and visceral. Sadly the only other charming thing about One Night besides Fuhrman and Allen is the plot twist ending which is very predictable midway through the film. This movie had the potential to be a great, intelligent indie film but in the end falls flat due to poor writing, bad directing, and lack of character development.
One night is worth one watch.
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Touching, thought-provoking romance
1Night is a touching, thought-provoking, coming-of-age romance. Stars Justin Chatwin (Shameless) and Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) are completely convincing in their roles as jaded lovers trying to rekindle the passionate flame they shared in their youth. Likewise, Isabelle Fuhrman (The Orphan) and Kyle Allen (The Path) perfectly portray both the awkwardness—and tenderness—of teen love and existential angst. The film depicts a chance encounter between two distinct couples, one old, one young, and each reflects disparate aspects of being in love. The interconnected nature of the characters' stories makes for an engaging viewing experience. As their narrative arcs weave in and out of one another's, their relationships grow stronger, and their hopes, dreams, fears, and motivations become more complex and fully-realized. In that respect, the film feels like a two-in-one; the elder couple's arc plays out similarly to the cerebral and bittersweet romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while the joyful (and puerile) relationship between the younger couple hearkens to the exuberant indie romance (500) Days of Summer. What's more, the ending—which I refuse to spoil here for anyone—puts M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Split) to shame.