That Awkward Moment (2014) – Review

2 Stars

An engaging set of lead actors and a funny opening act are tossed aside in favor of romantic comedy clichés and formula in That Awkward Moment. This slight movie can’t decide if it’s a bro-mance, gross-out, or serious look at relationships in the post Sex & the City New York. All three elements struggle for domination in a flick that has plotting issues and often loses its identity and purpose.

Best friends Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller), and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) share an apartment. After Mikey’s wife leaves him for another man, the trio indulge in random nightly hook-ups and take full advantage of the woman in their lives. The three young men make a pact to stay single and avoid getting involved with committed relationships. Things get complicated when each member of the group falls for someone, forcing them to keep their burgeoning romances from each other.

The chemistry between Efron, Teller and Jordan is on-screen. Their verbal jousting is the best thing in the film, often cracking one another up, it becomes infectious by the film’s final reel. The problem is, the main plot point, (a bet to stay single), isn’t a compelling enough plot device to motivate an entire storyline. There are a number of funny scenes sprinkled throughout but, the lack of any obstacles or problems strands these likable characters in a sea of sitcom situations.

Director: Tom Gormican
Stars: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan

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