Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas
Directed by: Tom Gormican
Synopsis: 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?”
What is ‘that awkward moment’? What does that mean? For me, ‘that awkward moment’ was when I realised that I had just sat through ninety minutes of this utter rubbish. A film for ‘bro’s’ about ‘bro’s’ who don’t actually exist, except in the minds of Hollywood producers. At least, I hope they don’t exist, otherwise the world has a lot more to worry about than just climate change.
Efron, Jordan and Teller play three douche bag friends who are in varying degrees of arrested development. Mikey (Jordan) has found out his wife wants a divorce whilst Jason (Efron) and Daniel (Teller) are happy playing the field. They encourage Mikey to join them and make a vow to stay single. Whoops. Who knew they were all going to fall in love?
These are the kind of guys who are apparently so cool that they barely have to say hello to girls in bars and they get to sleep with them. I mean, Miles Teller only has to say hello to a beautiful woman and she falls into bed with him. Really? Miles Teller? Hmmm.
Maybe I’m getting old, but these guys approach to life and to woman was pretty reprehensible. The only one who garnered any sympathy from me was Michael B. Jordan’s character who was desperate to get back with his wife. The other two had the morals of a politician. This coupled with the extremely poor script and writing (seriously, some of the more emotional moments are so cringeworthy) makes That Awkward Moment, well, awkward to watch.
I gather this is a rom-com aimed at a male audience, except I don’t know of any guy who would happily sit through this without a pained expression on his face. These ‘bro’s’ are like none I know. The girls, Imogen Poots and Mackenzie Davis fair a lot better and I can’t fault Efron and co from wanting to be in their company. I do have to question why on earth these intelligent and funny woman would want to hang out with those losers though.
This is a fairly short review because quite frankly I’ve already wasted enough time actually watching it. There was barely a funny bone in it’s arrogant, cocky, metrosexual body, and that’s a big problem for a film as flaky as this. I mean, it might get the bro’s laughing, but I’m pretty sure most people will be cringing.