by Richard Linklater Before The trilogy is perhaps one of the greatest dramatic stories about love, and other filmmakers have tried to capture that same magic for years. However, it’s lightning in a bottle that doesn’t happen often. Stay for the night Writer/director Renuka Jeyapalan enters the “walk-and-talk” genre with lackluster results.
‘Stay the Night’ sees two lost souls find their way
Grace (Andrea Bang) feels like an outcast in the modern dating world. Her roommate and the rest of society primarily seek romantic and sexual partners through dating apps, which doesn’t seem natural to her. However, Grace meets a professional athlete named Carter Stone (Joe Scarpellino) one night at a bar.
Stay for the night creates the perfect setup for Grace and Carter to have a one-night stand. However, it goes completely wrong. Instead, they decide to spend the evening walking and talking on the streets of Toronto. Their conversations and past experiences will leave them in a place at the end of the night that will change their lives forever.
Writer/director Renuka Jeyapalan explores what it means to take risks
Grace is a human resources professional passionate about moving into a partner position. She feels she is ready for the promotion, but her boss says otherwise because of her “aloof” nature. Meanwhile, Stay for the night finds Carter having his own career troubles, as his hockey team is looking to trade him to another team. Grace and Carter have invested so much in their careers, only to feel like they’re not enough.
The romance front isn’t much more promising. Grace confesses to Carter that she is a virgin after their initially awkward encounter. However, Jeyapalan’s script opens up their dialogue after this first interaction. They talk about some of their biggest insecurities, secrets, and memories from the past. As a result, they get to know each other but also get to know each other.
Stay for the night is about taking risks. Both Grace and Carter find themselves making decisions they wouldn’t normally make. At first, they can’t seem to explain why they’re attracted to each other, but they continue to open up little by little. Jeyapalan’s characters grow over the course of a single night, remembering certain lessons they simply needed to be reminded of.
“Stay the Night” is an unforgettable romantic drama
Stay for the night displays a radical sense of trust between its characters, as they very quickly develop a sense of trust in each other. Grace and Carter basically meet casually and trust each other fairly quickly. They both have a rough night, but their personalities have an obvious impact on their first meeting. Carter is more outgoing and loves conversation, while Grace is naturally a bit more introverted.
The two lead performances hold immense significance in the making of the walk-and-talk film genre. Luckily, Bang and Scarpellino both deliver strong performances. They play their individual characters with depth, but they also have the chemistry that makes the movie rock.
However, Jeyapalan’s storyline instills a romance that’s far too subtle, and their dramatic journeys aren’t hugely gripping. There are some nice moments, like when Grace breaks down Carter’s career motivations using her DiSC assessment. However, there are not enough of these moments. Stay for the night isn’t bad, but its biggest downside is that it’s forgettable.
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