Monday, February 8, 2016

Three Night Stand (2013)

Number Rolled: 74
Movie Name/Year: Three Night Stand (2013)
Tagline: Meet Carl, his wife & the love of his life.
Genre: Drama
Length: 92 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Banner House Productions, Vroom Productions
Producer: Emily Alden, Kieran Crilly, Kirk D’Amico, Pierre Even, Pat Kiely, Marie-Claude Poulin, Meaghan Rath, Matthew Shewchuk, Brian Vroom, Robert Vroom
Director: Pat Kiely
Writer: Pat Kiely
Actors: Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Reagan Pasternak, Jonathan Cherry, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Dan Beirne, Aliocha Schneider, Dan Haber, Matt Silver, James A. Woods, Darren Curtis, Marty Kiely, Melodie Simard

Blurb from Netflix: Carl’s plan to reconnect with his wife is compromised when he learns that his sexy ex-girlfriend is running the ski lodge where they are vacationing.

Selina’s Point of View:
I’ve seen a few reviews for this movie and they were overwhelmingly bad everywhere except on Rotten Tomatoes. I don't think Three Night Stand was all that great, but it wasn’t as bad in my eyes as others seemed to think.

There was definitely an issue with how the film was advertised. The trailer and the blurbs all seem to indicate that this film is more of a comedy than it is. Although it had a couple of semi-comedy moments, nothing made me laugh or even giggle. It’s about as much of a comedy as the Golden Globes tried to insist The Martian (2015) was. (It’s not.)

Three Night Stand might not have been the typical romantic drama either, but it was definitely FULLY a romantic drama. Anyone who claims it was a comedy is wrong or lying.

This genre-trap-marketing happens pretty often and it’s a terrible move. Producers need to learn that if you market to comedy fans then comedy fans will watch your drama film and hate it.

With that said, this recipe film doesn’t differentiate itself enough from the rest of the movies it resembles. Although there is some intense realism, the conflicts are all predictable and not creatively delivered. The acting was decent, but even that wasn’t enough to elevate this film to a better level.

I wouldn’t say Three Night Stand was unwatchable, but once is enough. Between the 10 minute long awkward sex scene in the beginning of the movie, the implied mother/son incest and the choppy script, I found myself cringing through the majority of the film.

Definitely not in a good way.

Cat’s Point of View:
There’s no way I can really sugar coat this. I really didn’t like this movie.

I’m not really even sure exactly what it was that drove me the most nuts about it. It simply fell flat to me, and I felt awkwardness where I probably should have found humor. I also didn’t see the correlation of the title to the film.

There was a lot of ‘ugh’ where there should have been ‘awwh.’

To be fair, I’ve got a toothache at the moment that feels like I’ve been shot in the jaw. That could possibly be coloring the movie a little harshly for me.

I don’t know, though - I just wasn’t all that entertained. If I were pain free, I can’t say that I’d like it much better. I can’t think of something more eloquent to say about it beyond: “bless their hearts, they tried.”

The one thing I liked about the film was that Sam Huntington (Superman Returns, Fanboys, Veronica Mars) and Meaghan Rath (I Me Wed, Cyberbully, Banshee) were in it. I enjoyed watching them in Being Human (2011-2014) now and again.

If there weren’t familiar faces in the movie, I probably would have cancelled full screen mode and have been counting the minutes until it was over.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 32%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 1.5/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 1.5/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

The Random Rating: R

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