One Night Stand (1997)


“Life is an orange, Max. ” – Charlie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – While on a trip to New York, a prominent director has an affair with a stranger that affects him more than he expected.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had any desire to see what it was all about.

In my recent quest to watch more Wesley Snipes films, I decided to see whether it had any merit to it.

This film has a great premise that unfortunately ultimately fails to deliver.

The cast is great here and Snipes does a nice job in a role that is very different from the action thriller roles he played during the 90’s.

The problem is that it’s not easy to completely understand all of his character’s decisions along with trying to grasp his emotional state at certain parts of the story.

The film has a great supporting cats that helps keep things interesting.

Nastassja Kinski, Kyle Maclachlan and Ming-Na Wen all do fine jobs here in characters that are more complex than they seem on the surface.

Robert Downey Jr. tho steals every scene he is in and this film definitely helped put his career back on track following his drug addition in the 90’s.

The film has amazing dialogue that keeps things quite engaging throughout and makes one ponder so much about what the characters do and why.

The problem here is that the story loses its focus during the last third and destroys the great buildup that occurred up until that point which is a shame because they had lots of potential here.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea with a great cast that just doesn’t manage to do what it set out to do. Snipes is great in the lead, but it’s so hard to understand his characters emotional state and some of the decisions that he makes. The supporting cast is also great with Kinski, Maclachlan and Wen doing fine jobs here. Downey Jr. is superb in a pivotal role and outshines everyone else. The dialogue is expertly written and make one ponder so many of the questions raised here. Ultimately tho, the story falls flat because it has such a great buildup that falls really flat in the final third of the film which is quite a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In his autobiography “Hollywood Animal”, Joe Eszterhas states that his completed script was ninety percent dialogue, and that Michael De Luca, New Line’s head of production, told him that the company’s employees liked the script so much, that they were going around the office reciting lines of dialogue. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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