That Awkward Moment

Director: Tom Gormican

Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas

Rated: R (Sexual content and language throughout)

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?”

 

That Awkward Moment

By Cole Schneider

Zac Efron of Disney teen-girl glory is clearly trying to shed his reputation as producer of “That Awkward Moment” and he’s joined by two of Hollywood’s most promising young actors in Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). There is no doubt Efron has left his High School Musical days, yet against all odds, this project is what has finally proven to us that acting really isn’t his thing. Awkward.

Efron isn’t the sole problem with the film either. It is the script that is mostly responsible for the film’s failure. What was the writer’s goal? There are far too many dramatic cliches to be considered a laugh-a-minute comic vehicle, even if you find the jokes funny. Awkward.

“That Awkward Moment” is billed first as a comedy, second as a romance. It fails as a comedy because it takes itself far too seriously, especially considering the ill-nature of its jokes. It fails as a romance because there isn’t a single romantic moment in the film, just misogynism. Awkward. Actually, it’s worse than awkward. It’s lame and downright offensive comedy, feeding on the worst instincts of humanity.

That it tries to tack on a good message in its tidy and tiresome ending just makes matters worse. Maybe if it were released at the turn of the century surrounded by such raunchy, unfunny messes as “Freddie Got Fingered” and “Road Trip” it would feel more mature. Still there are far better offerings in theaters right now.

Rating: .5 out of 5 stars.

 

That Awkward Moment

By Matt Greene

The ad campaign for TAM gives the impression that it will be, at the very least, a fun romp, but don’t be fooled. TAM asks us to sympathize for and laugh with the most deplorable and chauvinistic of characters, like the obnoxious guys in high school who thought they were funny but weren’t. Every “joke” is about poop or sex, which can be funny. Here, however, they are so poorly delivered and juvenile it’s hard to tell if they were even meant as jokes or just as statements of misguided philosophy.

We follow three best friends who decide to call off real relationships in lieu of hooking up with as many women as possible. This tired story and accompanying dialogue are not only uninspired, inauthentic, and stupid, but make no tonal sense here. The drastic jumps from bad sex comedy to melodrama are so clumsy it’s hard to know whether to blame the editing, the directing, or the script. Such a shame considering of the waste of young talent. Sure, Teller presents moments of charm, but no one is really given anything of quality to work with.

There are a few laughs, but for the most part I couldn’t help feeling like I was watching a soon-to-be canceled sitcom.  The writers seemed more interested in writing bad one-liners than creating originality or emotional connection between characters. Even my wife, who normally loves anything classified as “romance” and/or “comedy”, resorted to playing Candy Crush for the last half. If you’re looking for a funny bro-mance, go see Anchorman 2. SKIP THIS!

Rating: 1 out of 5 star

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