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article imageReview: ‘That Awkward Moment’ is often embarrassing Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jan 31, 2014 in Entertainment
In ‘That Awkward Moment,’ three best friends find themselves at that vital moment where they must decide if they’re dating a girl or just having fun.
There are a lot of uncomfortable moments in relationships, particularly new ones. But after a few months or years, what was once embarrassing is simply funny or unnoticed. Before that can happen though, most couples have that deciding instant when they discuss the future. In That Awkward Moment, three guys approach that critical juncture at which they must choose to move forward or move on.
Jason, Daniel and Mikey (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan respectively) became best friends in college, where they hooked up with random girls on a regular basis and bailed before it got too serious. Mikey eventually got married, but Jason and Daniel were having too much fun to commit to just one woman. Years later Mikey finds himself single again, reuniting the trio of players who vow to remain unattached and resume their philandering ways together. Obviously each of them find the woman of their dreams shortly after said promise is made, forcing them to choose which life they’d rather live.
Jason calls it “the so” – the moment you must answer the question, “So… where is this going?” Of course, it’s only awkward if your answers to the question differ. Jason is meant to represent the lifetime bachelor. He boasts about his roster of women through which he rotates and refreshes when necessary. He always says the right thing, dresses the right way and uses his arsenal of charm to lure women into bed. But in spite of his appeal, his commitment to this lifestyle makes him an obnoxious jerk. By the latter half of the movie, first-time writer/director Tom Gormican has alienated any hope of Jason’s redemption by allowing him to make the worst possible decisions and be intentionally hurtful. Nonetheless the Hollywood ending dictates he must find happiness instead of the loneliness he deserves.
Conversely, Daniel embraces the affection he develops for his soon-to-be girlfriend (who will remain unnamed, though is entirely predictable within the narrative structure); albeit secretly but he’s still more forgivable and likeable. Mikey is actually the least faithful to their pact, following his heart regardless of what their bachelor rules dictate. These guys may talk big, but their actions show they’ve got big hearts.
Even though its release is a little premature for Valentine’s Day, this a romantic comedy meant to appeal to both sexes. The stupidity of the men and their occasional allure make the women laugh and sometimes swoon. For the men in the audience, there are dick jokes, friendly insults and cause for high-fives. However it’s the male camaraderie that turns out to be the most appealing aspect of the film, because none of the so-called love stories are as attractive or entertaining.
Jason may literally take the key to a woman’s heart, but he doesn’t earn the opportunity to open it.
Director: Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller
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