Friday, January 31, 2014
Movie review: That Awkward Moment lacks comedy and originality
Skip it, there are better uses of your time.
Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) are just three best friends stumbling through life. What seems to trip them up the most is that thing called a relationship. When Mikey finds himself separated from his wife and staring divorce in the face, Jason and Daniel make a pact with him that the three of them will remain single … together. Things get sticky when Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots) and Daniel falls for gal pal Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis). The three guys can’t seem to get it right when it comes to women, but then it's all about living and learning … right? The movie also stars Jessica Lucas, Addison Timlin, Josh Pais, Evelina Turen, Karen Ludwig, Tina Benko, Joseph Adams, Lola Glaudini, John Rothman and Barbara Garrick.
That Awkward Moment lives up to its title because it is, on the whole, awkward and lacking in originality that might make the moment a bit less awkward.
Disclaimer: In case you didn’t know it, I am a woman. So in theory I am not really the target audience for this particular film. That being said I can appreciate a good “bromantic comedy,” but this one isn’t good. Sure there are a few funny moments, but the clichés and unintelligent dialogue make those moments rare. I don’t think I laughed out loud once the whole film. So that is a thumbs down on the comedy part. Again, I am a woman. So maybe the sexual and immature humor went right over my head. I doubt it.
RATING4/10 stars – I might just not get it, but this one was definitely not for me.
I get what writer/director Tom Gormican was going for – the whole male version of a romantic comedy. He just doesn’t succeed at it. I don’t think the cast helped. They aren’t bad, but the actors are favored by a younger generation -- a younger generation who likely won’t see this movie because it is rated R. So it just doesn’t work. I was disappointed too because I liked Teller in The Spectacular Now. He can do better. I have seen it.
The only positive – if you can even call it that – would be that the film does offer a stark look at the current behavior of the younger generation in regards to relationships. The question is how much truth is there to the portrayal of the promiscuous behavior of these young men? And are they really that ignorant when it comes to how to be in stable and successful relationship? If there is any truth to it all, then I fear for the future a bit.
There isn’t much else to say about That Awkward Moment. There was no depth to the film, so an in-depth review seems pointless. Suffice it to say I personally can’t recommend anyone go see this in the theater when it opens this weekend. There are better uses of your time.
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