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Review: That Awkward Moment

Jan. 30, 2014by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Three best buddies (Zac Efron, Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan) vow to stay single and enjoy the prime of the bachelor lifestyles in New York City. This is complicated when each of the guys finds himself drawn into a serious relationship with a woman who just might be the one.

REVIEW: Star Zac Efrons opening narration- played out overtop a rocking indie pop tune (natch)- tells us of an awkward moment in every relationship called the so, as in so where do you think this is going? I can relate. During my ninety-minute relationship with this film, I had my own awkward moment, where I wondered so, wheres this going? That awkward moment was within about the first five minutes, leaving eighty-five awkward moments to go.

Its not that this movie is especially awful. Its not. Director Tom Gormican has made a relatively colorful, easy to digest comedy, but its just all so familiar and generically rom-com-y. The only thing that slightly distinguishes this from the pack is that it focuses on a bunch of young dudes on the prowl, making this a kind of male SEX & THE CITY from the hey bro set. Of course, ladies will be drawn in too, thanks to male stars Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordans constant concessions to the female fans by taking the shirts off pretty frequently (at least once every ten minutes or so each). Otherwise, this is the same old thing where the guys cant commit despite meeting Ms. Right, but then- bam (!) can commit after all after having some serious bro-time with their pals. Been there, done that.

The lack of originality could be forgiven if THAT AWKWARD MOMENT at least felt somewhat fresh or more importantly- had been funny. All of the jokes here are stale, with the idea of humor being Miles Tellers (slumming it big time) character frequently using Efrons bathroom to take a dump in, much to Zacs chagrin (oh the wit!!!). Zacs pretty much the lead here, with his aging party boy- the renter of a sprawling Manhattan loft that looks like it could belong to Bruce Wayne- falling hard for Imogen Poots Ellie as, like, the one girl who he thinks wont fall for his charms. The fact that shes in bed with him by the end of their first date proves otherwise.

Efrons actually not bad. Hes grown as an actor since his HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL days, as makes for an appealing lead. He just needs the role thats right for him, and he has nothing to do here other than look man-pretty (which he does). Teller- whos been amazing in recent Sundance discoveries like WHIPLASH and THE SPECTACULAR NOW- is wasted just as much as he was in 21 & OVER as Efrons immature party-hardy colleague (the two design book covers, which Im pretty sure nowadays in only a job in the movies), although his love interest, Mackenzie Davis is appealing. Thats pretty much the case with Poots as well, whos so perfect in every way (from bringing scotch to a boys night and playing X-Box all night) that you wonder why Efrom doesnt immediately drop to his knees and beg her to be his wife within the first five minutes.

As much as Teller seems wasted, FRUITVALE STATIONs Michael B. Jordan is virtually left high and dry. Of the trio, hes the only one with any baggage, with his wife having just left him due to the long hours he puts in as an E.R doctor, but his problems are forgotten in favor of Efron and Teller. At least the three guys have enough chemistry that they seem like they could actually be friends, even if at least two of the three are improbably handsome. Too bad that camaraderie isnt used, with too many corny jokes, and ultra-cheesy scenes of the three guys walking down picturesque NYC streets carrying matching coffee cups, looking like they walked out of a J-Crew catalogue. All three actors are better than this.

Again though, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT isnt an especially awful film, just an especially bland one. A movie like this seems designed for a quick payout on the basis of Efrons female fans. Otherwise, it doesnt say anything about a billion other rom-coms already have- basically that living a commitment free lifestyle is bad, bad, BAD, and that cozy long-term relationships are the way to go. Whodathunkit???

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12:46PM on 01/30/2014
Did anyone really expect this to be a good movie. Not to come down to hard on Efron, it is nice to see that he continually challenges himself to grow beyond High School Musical, but the guy can only play one role and that's man-pretty. If this guy wants to be taken seriously he needs to play a mentally challenged person, but try not to go "full retard".
Did anyone really expect this to be a good movie. Not to come down to hard on Efron, it is nice to see that he continually challenges himself to grow beyond High School Musical, but the guy can only play one role and that's man-pretty. If this guy wants to be taken seriously he needs to play a mentally challenged person, but try not to go "full retard".
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12:36PM on 01/30/2014

Ugh

Book cover artists who seem to be nouveau riche? A 22 year old E.R. doctor? That alone is enough for me to skip this, due to the sheer fantasy of the whole thing. Honestly, they might as well have made them superheroes.
Book cover artists who seem to be nouveau riche? A 22 year old E.R. doctor? That alone is enough for me to skip this, due to the sheer fantasy of the whole thing. Honestly, they might as well have made them superheroes.
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12:45PM on 01/30/2014
They sort of did unfortunately.
They sort of did unfortunately.
11:32AM on 01/30/2014
Damn, was hoping it wouldn't be as bad as that, I'm going to see it this weekend, oh well.
Damn, was hoping it wouldn't be as bad as that, I'm going to see it this weekend, oh well.
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11:25AM on 01/30/2014
i didnt want to see this anyway but once you said its a male version of sex and the city my brain said nope and also the bro crowd comment
i didnt want to see this anyway but once you said its a male version of sex and the city my brain said nope and also the bro crowd comment
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11:24AM on 01/30/2014
3 out of 10? Yikes.
3 out of 10? Yikes.
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11:07AM on 01/30/2014
I have no plans to see this movie as I couldn't be further from the target audience, but you repeatedly point out in the review that the film "is not that bad" or "isn't especially awful" but then go on to give it a 3/10, which I would consider to be a bad, especially awful score. There just seems to be some disconnect between your review and the score as it reads as more of 4-5/10.
I have no plans to see this movie as I couldn't be further from the target audience, but you repeatedly point out in the review that the film "is not that bad" or "isn't especially awful" but then go on to give it a 3/10, which I would consider to be a bad, especially awful score. There just seems to be some disconnect between your review and the score as it reads as more of 4-5/10.
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10:41AM on 01/30/2014

That awkward moment when...

Nobody goes to see your horrible movie.
Nobody goes to see your horrible movie.
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