Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
Director: Tom Gormican
Writer[s]: Tom Gormican
That Awkward Moment boasts one of the most drawing casts in a rom-com of early 2014. Zac Efron is the eye-candy, Miles Teller is blowing up in Hollywood, finding several roles a year, and Miles B. Jordan is an up and comer with some real talent.
But don’t judge this book by it’s cover.
The film uses the trio of leads to tell a trio of stories. A lady-killer who never takes a fling past the “So…” conversation [Efron’s Jason], a guy and his “wing man” female friend in a “Will they? Won’t they?” scenario [Teller’s Daniel], and a young doctor/husband whose wife is cheating and wants a divorce [Jordan’s Mikey]. Jason starts falling for a girl [obviously], Daniel and his girl start seeing each other [obviously], and Mikey and his wife hook up post-divorce [obviously].
Most everything about the film is obvious, and nothing jumps out to entertain. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I did grab a song or two from the film for my Spotify playlists, and the mood/tone are consistent and pleasing. Other than that, the film is flat with nothing new to say about relationships. It’s something we’ve seen many times before. The comedy, while failing to even conjure a smirk from me [save the “ROCK OUT” costume], doesn’t try to get you rolling on the floor laughing, but rather be a subtle, casual, backbone of the film, so it wasn’t necessarily disappointing. And in the end, it’s not a disappointing film, it’s just an average one, that I can see other’s finding some fun in. I’m just not one of them.
That Awkward Moment is aesthetically pleasing with its direction and soundtrack, but brings nothing new or fun in its story or humor. While I took nothing away from it, I think there is a chance for others to enjoy.