That Awkward Moment is a male driven romantic comedy with a bit of coming-of-age thrown in for good measure. Focusing on three friends as they embark on growing up and the ever changing relationship dynamics that comes with mid to late twenties somethings. When a major bump in the road happens to one of the friends the others vow to stay single along with him in solidarity. Things, of course, go awry faster than they could have possibly imagined.
The group is lead by the ladies man, Jason (Zac Efron) while Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) round out the rest of the trio. Early on, Mikey discovers that his wife is cheating on him with her lawyer. Upon hearing that their best friend is having to deal with this, Jason and Daniel vow to take him out to meet women to have lots of casual sex with as soon as possible. Here, I felt that the writer had never had a friend before. The normal human reaction is compassion...and then drink and ladies. However, Jason and Daniel were like sex crazed robots who only saw this as an opportunity for an odd gathering of asshole behavior. There are some pretty hilarious moments as Mikey works his way back into the single life alongside his buddies. Meanwhile Daniel is falling for his female friend, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), but of course the trio’s agreement is that no one gets into a relationship. Daniel and Chelsea continue to carry on a casual relationship that quickly blossoms into something more substantial.
Jason, while continuing his quest to have sex with every woman within earshot he meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), a woman with an awkward personality that clicks immediately with his. They sleep together almost instantaneously. Jason makes a rather bold and frankly stupid assumption about Ellie which causes the classic rom com early story rift. He works his way back in and the two are dating but not dating. The entire premise is that you don’t want the situation to get to “that awkward moment.” This moment in question is the “...so, where is this going?” moment. Jason works overtime to avoid these type of moments but with Ellie he just can't. Obviously, he is quite smitten with her and this poses a problem. Jason doesn’t want to upset the other guys and welch on the agreement. However, Daniel and even Mikey are breaking their promises as well.
At the end of the day, the movie is a pretty by the numbers romance comedy. Miles Teller has by far the best lines and is legitimately quite funny. Michael B. Jordan plays a pretty flatly written character, but takes nothing away from the movie. Imogen Poots gives a serviceable performance. She has definitely done better work, see A Late Quartet, but not much for her to chew on here. Zac Efron, who is to shoulder this movie, was not so good. His performance was stilted and wooden in parts, and yet fluid in others. Its was the only unbalanced performance of the group. Due to his position in the movie his weakness is shown a lot more than if he were a supporting actor. That Awkward Moment should appeal to the late twenty somethings that you know and make the older folks you know cringe at the thought that we actually did some of this stuff. Not a bad Friday date choice.
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