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?”
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 1hr 34min
by David Nusair for Reel Film Reviews
That Awkward Moment follows friends Jason (Zac Efron), Mike (Michael B. Jordan), and Daniel (Miles Teller) as they agree to temporarily give up on romantic relationships, with problems ensuing as each of the three men, perhaps inevitably, finds love shortly after. Filmmaker Tom Gormican has infusedThat Awkward Moment with an unapologetically sitcom-like sensibility that’s reflected in the movie’s various attributes, with, especially, the snappy patter and proliferation of predictable story developments perpetuating the less-than-subtle atmosphere. The irresistibly charismatic performances, then, play a key role in sustaining the film’s watchable vibe, as the three stars manage to infuse their familiar characters with a congeniality that proves impossible to resist. (It doesn’t hurt, either, that the supporting cast fares just as well, with folks like Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Josh Pais delivering standout work.) The absence of surprises within the narrative does, however, grow more and more problematic as time progresses, as the viewer’s anticipation of certain plot twists ensures that the movie begins to palpably fizzle out as it passes the one-hour mark. It’s the inclusion of a grand romantic gesture within the film’s closing minutes that both resuscitates one’s interest and cements That Awkward Moment‘s place as a passable yet thoroughly erratic romcom, with the film ultimately receiving plenty of mileage from the persistently affable work of its various actors.