The Awkward Moment | Movie Review

By: Cynthia A.


Directed by: Tom Gormican 

Written by: Tom Gormican

Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis & Jessica Lucas

After their friend Mikey’s break-up, Jason and Daniel promise to stay single with him. They both end up falling in love and have to avoid facing their promise.

That Awkward Moment is not your typical date movie.  If anything, the more is more like an ingenious and hilarious bromance flick. When one their other friends marriages goes into the crapper, two friends, played by Zac Efron and Miles Teller, both playboy’s in their own right, decide to swear off any real relationships, a concept that actuary doesn’t capture either of these playboys.  But then events take a wild turn and all three guys find themselves in relationships, breaking their pact ad causing a lot of internal strife, denial and rift between these friends.

Now, the movie as a whole is a little vulgar while at the same time remaining incredibly humorous.  The movie follows these three guys as they evolve, not only in the way of the standard boy/girl relationship, but also in the way of friendships.  Zack’s character likes to hide being his bachelor lifestyle, which inevitably puts up a lot of tension between him and his friends.  His walls end up hurting those he cares about as well as himself.  This movie highlights how complex everything really is, how much effort it takes to maintain any sort of relationship.  If you care about someone, you always put their needs first, especially if they are going through something that is hurting them.  That was where the charm in the movie laid.

One of the drawbacks in the film was the overuse of explicit language.  That overuse did take away some of the overall charm in the movie, it made it unrealistic.  Of course, common colloquialism is fraught with explicit language, but not to the degree that is portrayed within this movie.  It was used in every sentence, in every discussion, repeatedly, downgrading the film and insulting the audiences.  Despite that however, the characters were witty and charismatic and those serious moments between them gave the actors characters worthy of their portrayal.

However, what makes this movie a winner is the amount of growth each character goes through from the beginning to the end over such a span of time.  This movie comes full circle, not only in regards to the plot, but also in regards to the characters within the film. 

This is by no means strictly a date movie as it touches both bromance’s and real relationships.  The comedic timing of each actor, while not brilliant like some actors, still stood out and made this movie worth watching.  The cast had perfect chemistry with one another, and it vibrated off the screen, making this a real down to earth movie that is relatable to everyone, no matter the relationship type.  ★★☆☆ (B-)

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