That Awkward Moment (2014)

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That Awkward Moment (2014)
  • Time: 89 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Tom Gormican
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan

Storyline:

Flings turn serious for three bachelors who swore to stay single in support of a heartbroken pal. Now the harder each of them try to cover up their commitments, the more complicated their love lives become. Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots star.

3 reviews

  • This film tells the story of three buddies who navigate their ways through meaningful and disposable relationships.

    “That Awkward Moment” is marketed as a comedy, but I didn’t find it funny. It starts off a little funny and entertaining, when the three friends take a pill then hell breaks loose. After that, the film goes downhill. There are lots of tedious conversations, and the interactions between the three friends are juvenile most of the time. The plot is just not funny or sweet, which are requirements of romantic comedies. It’s not hilarious and outrageous enough to be a raunchy comedy either. It’s in fact boring to watch. It had promise to code a raunchy comedy, but it tries to hard to portray the male bonding and courtship rituals to the point of being annoying and tiresome.

  • That Awkward Moment 2/10- I was not excited to see this movie at all. This was the only movie I haven’t seen and I knew I had to see one. I was at least hoping to be surprised considering my expectations could not have been lower. Taking into account how low my expectations were, I wasn’t surprised or disappointed. The only thing I would like to shine a spotlight on is Miles Teller who definitely showed decent acting ability.

    The performances in a romantic comedy can never be that good considering the movie does not demand much from its actors. Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan give performances that people would expect from them and nothing more. It is obvious that none of them knew much about comedy and no doubt memorized all of the jokes that they had to say. Having said that, the jokes that they did were pretty funny, but a real comedic actor could make them even funnier.

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  • That Awkward Moment is the latest romantic comedy to hit theaters this winter. Yes it does venture into gross out territory with the tired old adage of toilet humor and penis jokes, but I would still categorize it as well, a romantic comedy. Its got a sloppy screenplay that seems all over the place, but it’s fresher and it feels more original than your typical film of this genre. For one, it is told from the guy’s point of view thereby throwing the female characters to the wayside. And second, the story although jumbled and branching off into too many tangents, still allows things to deepen. I like the background music which sort of feels like you’re trapped in the 80’s (you know, John Hughes style), I like the female romantic interests not because of their looks but because of their spirit and their soul, and furthermore, I think the cast as a whole, does decent work (I’ve never thought of Zac Efron as being much of an actor but he emotes well here).

    So why can’t I recommend this thing? Simple, it’s the screenplay mentioned earlier, which makes the actors contradictory, hypocritical, and almost virtually unlikable. The movie in general is about relationships. However, you as the viewer, aren’t able to figure out whether the main (male) leads in “Moment,” want to really be in them or not. They don’t mean what they say and on the flip side, surely don’t say what they mean. Let’s just say that what’s on screen is the movie equivalent of a world class sprinter who sprangs his/her ankle right before reaching the finish line. To put it mildly, disappointing and unfortunate would be the words I would use.

    Starting with an opening lukewarm flashback sequence in the first five minutes and harboring a male (you heard me) character who drowns out his break-up sorrows with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, That Awkward Moment depicts three best friends (they used to go to college together) living in downtown Manhattan. Two of them design magazine/book covers (Jason played by Zac Efron and Daniel played by fast talking, Vince Vaughn clone Miles Teller) while the other works as a doctor (nice guy Mikey played Michael B. Jordan). When one of them finds out that he is getting divorced from his wife, all three of them decide to make a pact to become single together (of course within 10 minutes they deviate from this plan which brings me to the main reason why I didn’t embrace the fallen proceedings).

    Almost everyone in frame seems to at one time or another, say something relatively fake or phony (if you decide to watch this flick, pay attention, you’ll see what I mean). First time director (and screenwriter) Tom Gormican, along with fumbling much of the dialogue, adds the word “idiot” a lot (the script supervisor could be to blame on that one). He gets his characters to say it at least 2-3 times to each other (they also use the term “f ‘ing” idiot as well).

    Then we go back to the unlikability factor involving these three man-child frat boys. With the exception of Jordan’s Mikey which seems to be the only person in the film you could maybe root for, he is still guilty by association for hanging out with his two other knucklehead (not to mention snide and selfishly jerkish) best friends. These two don’t have a whole lot of respect for women even though they seem to be well liked by them. And although Teller and Efron are sufficient in their roles, you sense that in the end, their characters frankly, don’t deserve to be with anybody.

    Now the month of January as we all know, is littered with Oscar holdovers and the opposite being lousy, wretched movies. That Awkward Moment doesn’t fall into the Oscar pile but it’s not as bad as the latter. Its got decent acting, a few funny moments, and a rare, fresh take on the oddities of the romcom (told almost completely from the male point of view). However, it gets a so-so review from me. The actors rise above the jumbled screenplay but it’s not enough. Also, “Moment” leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth because of its weak, flashback induced ending. It then feels the need to annoy you with tired, reheated outtakes to sit through right as the closing credits come up. Overall, as a date movie that is suppose to ring in the new year, That Awkward Moment is full of “moments” that sadly equal mixed results.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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