Last night I attended the advanced screening of “That Awkward Moment.” In this romantic comedy three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been … that awkward moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
There are more than a few times in the opening hour of That Awkward Moment where it seems like the movie is veering dangerously close to becoming Bros in the City. (male version of Sex In The City) Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller play three twenty-something guys who live and work in New York City, and they spend an awful lot of time focused on girls, picking up girls, negotiating their sex lives and relationships, drinking and so on.
Despite an unconvincing plot with the three guys entering into an agreement that they’ll all stay single, they each find themselves engaged in relationships and at a point where they have to face up to where things are going, With another three actors it could have been a totally different story, but due to the chemistry of the three leads the film always manages to just about toe the right side of the bromance line. Zac Efron is an effortless leading man, making the transition from Disney. And Michael Jordan is a fantastic young actor capable of taking on some of the heavier dramatic scenes of the movie.
It would of been nice to get a sense that this wasn’t totally one-sided conversation, and that the decision to commit isn’t only for men whose partners seek commitment. There’s a decent attempt of this in Jordan’s storyline, but unfortunately his wife’s character is paper-thin. And Efron’s female counterpart is the best of the female roles, she’s poorly developed.
But I liked it. The Awkward Moment achieves plenty of laughter, and the three leads are so good together that you end up having as much fun watching them as they’re clearly having together. The movie strikes just the right balance between the raunchy comedic moments and the sweeter romantic stuff, and even if the relationships aren’t exactly even-handed, there’s no denying that the couples aren’t great on screen together. It’s a solid romantic comedy, even if it has much greater success with the comedy than it does with the romantic stuff..
Keep in mind this is an adult film rated R for sexual content and language, drinking throughout.