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That Awkward Moment
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05.13.2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Tom Gormican

Actors:
Zac Efron
Miles Teller
Michael B. Jordan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three friends (Efron, Teller, Jordan) form a pact to stay single, even though each has a secret love interest.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
“So…” It’s a critical moment in any relationship, according to Jason (Zac Efron). It can lead to confusion and breakups. That word has led Jason into a number of breakups—and he didn’t even know he had a girlfriend.

Jason’s friend, Mikey (Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION), has just been given the “so…” moment by his wife. Such occasion calls for one thing: a night out. It’s at the bar that Jason meets what he thinks is a hooker, Mikey sits on a cute girl’s coat and another friend, Daniel (Miles Teller, THE SPECTACULAR NOW), takes too much Viagra. It’s the next day that both Jason and Daniel agree to stay single out of solidarity for Mikey.

But the hooker is Ellie (Imogen Poots, ALL IS BY MY SIDE), Mikey still loves his wife and Daniel has a thing for his personal wingwoman (Mackenzie Davis, SMASHED). Is that the “awkward moment” the movie title speaks of? It’s not clear because the entire movie slurs.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT is written and directed by Tom Gormican, whose only previous credit is as co-producer on MOVIE 43. Gormican has clearly seen a lot of teen sex comedies and has made an attempt to lift from and make tweaks to the ones we’ve forgotten. But his characters are meant to be adults on some level (they live in New York, they have jobs in publishing, they’ve married…) and so the males come off as more immature and irritating than the teens that inspired him. Another influence is Judd Apatow, who Gormican rips from by forming one scene around the sort of constant back-and-forth one-upmanship that Apatow has made a trademark—only the dialogue isn’t as sharp and the “You know how I know you’re gay?” from THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is replaced by “Your dick looks like…”

Gormican wants us to root for Jason, Mikey and Daniel to have successful relationships with the women they like, But we don’t, because he’s written the boys as unlikeable and completely unworthy of their love interests, who deserve much better than the childish arrogance that comes with the mentality that, “If I go to her father’s funeral, that means we’re dating.”

These characters are hard to care for. Jason, Mikey and Daniel act like gentlemen in front of their desired women, but they would rather try to impress each other and the viewer with jerk behavior. An example: a moment of relative sweetness featuring Jason and Ellie alone in a park switches gears to rude and douchey when, after a bout of sex, Jason delivers his kicker: “I was gonna make you wait, but then I realized…I’m a dude.” Cool, Jason.

THE EXTRAS
Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes (9:40): This featurette uses on-set footage, clips and interviews (with director Tom Gormican, Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and more) to provide a basic look at the making of THAT AWKWARD MOMENT.

Threesome: More Awkward Moments (9:07): Here, Efron, Teller and Jordan sit down to discuss whether they’ve had a “‘so…’ moment” and touch on some of the ideas presented in the movie. This is a solid piece that fans will enjoy, if not because it shows just how well the actors get along.

Character Profiles (3:53): Daniel (Teller), Ellie (Imogen Poots), Jason (Efron) and Mikey (Jordan) are all included here, giving viewers the chance to hear the actors talk about their THAT AWKWARD MOMENT counterparts. The actors are only given about a minute or so apiece, so don’t have much time to really “dissect” their characters—but then there may not be all that much to analyze.

Extended Gag Reel (3:40)

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Tom Gormican’s debut, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, pretends to be sweet but is really just a crude movie with no heart and zero laughs that wastes the talents of Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan. Special features include behind-the-scenes featurettes, looks at the characters and a gag reel.
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