Review: That Awkward Moment
THREE best friends make a pact to stay single, in light of one of them going through a devastating breakup. Of course, once they officially declare themselves on the market, they each end up falling in love.
But as they say, ‘bros before hoes‘, so neither one of them tells the other about their relationships. Hiding or, in some cases, fighting the relationship has a negative effect both on the relationship and the friendship so will anyone have a happy ending? That Awkward Moment is a traditional chick-flick but instead of the typical girlfriends looking for true love, director and writer Tom Gormican has turned the idea on its head with three male leads fighting any type of real emotion.
I must admit I wasn’t excited about going to see this movie. I thought it would be a typical cheesy romantic comedy but I was mildly surprised. Yes, it was cheesy but in a very unpredictable way, it was funny in parts (one scene in particular, you’ll know it when you see it, made me laugh out loud!), and it was – in a way – romantic. It may even help to answer the age-old question that has divided couples for generations, are we officially dating?
Not only that but it also gave us a rare insight into the binding and mysterious bromance. Zac Efron who plays the lead Jason gives a bland performance as the eternal frat brother. I’ve never been a huge fan of the actor and here, the others outshine him in nearly every scene. Michael B. Jordan plays the grown-up of the group who is dealing with his marriage breaking up, which prompts the guys to take a vow of sluttiness. But it is Miles Teller who plays the loveable joker who falls in love with his best friend who, in my eyes, is the shining star in the film.
The plot is as predictable as any other movie of the same genre but the dialogue is dangerously sexist and dirty enough to keep even the most unenthusiastic viewer interested. It is clear, however, that this offering is all about the bromance. Now there is nothing wrong with that, every guy should have a group of friends that they can do stupid things with – just like girls have for shopping – but it isn’t a strong enough premise to base a whole film on.
This film has missed a great opportunity to impart the wisdom that people are not disposable and that relationships help individuals to grow and change. In fact, it misses the opportunity to have any sort of message at all except that men take a long time to grow and mature.
All in all, it was a funny take on the traditional chick-flick. I’d watch it if it was on TV but wouldn’t rush out to buy the DVD.
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