“That Awkward Moment” Review

The written and directorial debut of Tom Gormican, this romantic comedy stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots. Going into it, I was excited for this film. Despite some questionable movies he’s been in, I still like Zac Efron. After Chronicle (2012) and Fruitvale Station (2013), I’m sold on Michael B. Jordan. And Miles Teller shows a lot of promise, after a knock-out performance in The Spectacular Now (2013), and rave reviews for his upcoming Whiplash (2014), which just took the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Brandon Trost as Director of Photography was the cherry on top.

The story follows three friends as they find themselves in “That Awkward Moment” in a relationship, where you have to decide where it’s headed. After Mikey’s (Jordan) wife decides she wants a divorce, Jason (Efron) and Daniel (Teller) vow to stay single with him, with mixed to poor results.

The actors in That Awkward Moment are all very charismatic, and they work well together. The dialogue is fast-paced and effective. Although there’s nothing too amazingly hysterical in the film, it’s very charming throughout – even in its crudeness. The pacing is fast, and the film stays in the “entertaining, but nothing too special” place the entire way through.

The film is a bit unbalanced, however. It leans heavily towards the relationship between Efron and Poots, and skims the other two. On top of this, the story is as formulaic as it gets. There are a few subtle surprises, but for the most part it’s pretty trite. The characters lack dimension and the plot lacks realism.

On the whole, That Awkward Moment is a bit disappointing. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad movie though. The cast’s charisma carries the film, and makes it relatively enjoyable. With a lesser cast, it would be much worse. 6/10

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