UK Release Date: 29th January 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Director: Tom Gormican
Writer: Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis
Synopsis: Three guys vow to stay single in a show of solidarity to each other. Matters are soon complicated though when each discover a new romantic interest in their lives.
That Awkward Moment has been selling itself as a romcom from the male perspective. That concept alone sends alarm bells ringing, because “romcom for men” is fairly analogous with “love letter to lad culture”. Unfortunately, I was very quickly proven right in my prejudices. A few weeks ago, I said it would be difficult for a 2014 film to be worse than Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. It didn’t take long at all.
Jason (Zac Efron) is a notorious ladies man, along with friend Daniel (Miles Teller). Their other friend Mikey (Michael B Jordan) loses his wife to her lawyer and the three lads vow to remain single together. However, when Jason is tempted by the beautiful Ellie (Imogen Poots), the plan starts to fall apart very quickly.
| "I was going to make you wait, and then I realized I’m a dude."
It’s difficult to discuss That Awkward Moment without resorting to vitriol. The film is a hideously misogynistic, utterly hateful waste of time that equates mentioning genitals with cutting edge humour. For some reason, this film managed to make the 2010 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
That Awkward Moment is populated entirely by insufferable arseholes. Not one of the characters is sympathetic in any way and their attitude to the rest of humanity is depressingly awful. As each of the cookie cutter sitcom setups plays out, the characters take the most deplorable route every time.
The three central actors are all capable performers, hampered by awful material. Now that Jonah Hill has made the move towards drama, Miles Teller seems like the obvious fit for his comedy sidekick roles, so he’ll probably be everywhere in the next few years. The signs are good for him, as long as That Awkward Moment becomes the exception rather than the rule.
| "We’ll use a coupon and get him a cheap hooker."
With its contemptible characters and complete dearth of humour, That Awkward Moment is one of the worst romcoms of recent years. If this is what male romantic comedies look like, give me Love Actually any day of the week.
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It’s rare that I consider walking out of a film, but the sheer unadulterated douchebaggery of the characters made me consider leaving That Awkward Moment.
Few movies can make 90 minutes feel like an eternity, but without any real laughs and possessing no discernibly human characters, this is truly awful and entirely irredeemable.
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