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Film / 28 Hotel Rooms

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A male novelist and female corporate accountant carry out an affair over several years by meeting in a series of 28 hotel rooms while they both are away from home for work conferences or other events. As their relationship changes over time, they struggle with its effects and guilt for continuing to meet.

Matt Ross' directorial debut, it stars Chris Messina and Marin Ireland as the couple.


  • Disappeared Dad: The man does not have any part in her life after the woman has had their baby, a daughter she names Emma. He is clearly distressed at times over this, but she insists her marriage can't end, at least then, and lets her husband be thought of as Emma's father in every way.
  • Domestic Abuse: When they have a violent argument, the man pushes and shoves the woman from the hotel room in a rage.
  • Get Out!: The man orders the woman to leave angrily during one argument, then puts action to words by forcing her out the door.
  • The Ghost: The man's girlfriends, the woman's fiancé and then husband along with their daughter are never seen nor heard, though frequently spoken of between them.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: The man is shown completely naked from the front once while on the balcony with the woman.
  • Minimalist Cast: The man and woman are the only recurring characters-the rest are just extras in the bar or elevator scenes, with few to no lines.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The man is quite handsome and spends much of the film shirtless or having sex with the woman. He also shows frontal nudity at one point.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The woman is pretty, and shown completely naked multiple times while having sex with the man, in the bath or standing on the balcony.
  • Not Actually His Child: The woman is letting her husband believe that he's her daughter's birth father, who was actually sired by the man from their affair.
  • No Ending: The plot has no clear resolution. At the end, the man and woman seem to be considering rekindling their relationship, but how it will all work out (or not) is left hanging.
  • No Name Given: Both the protagonists are left unnamed, credited simply as "man" and "woman". Their daughter Emma alone gets named from the very small cast.
  • The Social Darwinist: During an argument regarding politics and the woman's working for a corporation, she defends it by saying in life you must do anything to get your food, with the strong living while the weak die. The man, hearing this, is aghast. It's unclear how serious this is though.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: The woman unexpectedly gets pregnant after having sex with the man in one of their trysts, pretending the baby is her husband's afterward.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: The man and woman had a one night stand which became a long-running affair while both were with other people. It continues even after the woman's gotten married, with her becoming pregnant from the man and passing off their daughter as really being her husband's. They retain some sympathy as both are likeable people who feel very guilty as a result, the woman continually resisting leaving her husband because she'd gone through her parents' divorce which she doesn't want to inflict on her daughter.
  • Wall Bang Her: In their very first scene, the man and woman have sex up against the wall of a hotel room.