Review: That Awkward Moment

Zac Efron plays Jason in 'That Awkward Moment'

Zac Efron plays Jason in ‘That Awkward Moment’

Director: Tom Gormican
Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller

That Awkward Moment looks at the lives of three young men and their relationships with each other, what they expect of each other, and the women with whom they each become involved.

When twenty-something Mikey (Jordan) finds out that his wife wants a divorce, his best buddies Jason (Efron) and Daniel (Teller) make a pact that the three of them will stay single, so they can enjoy the bachelor lifestyle together. They think they’ve made the best decision ever – nothing but responsibility-free fun on the cards – until each of them unexpectedly becomes involved with a girl they weren’t expecting to meet. For Jason, meeting Ellie (Poots) makes it the most difficult to enjoy his singleton lifestyle, and quickly teaches him that sometimes, love and sex aren’t separable.

It may be a surprise to hear, but this film is actually pretty decent. Zac Efron is completely at ease in his role (including the awkward scenes that come with it!). Michael B. Jordan, shows off his acting skills to the best advantage, which may well land him further big screen roles in the future. Imogen Poots is also fantastic; incredibly and effortlessly able to match, and sometimes complement, Efron’s style and humour.

What slightly lets this film down, however, is that it tries to please two audience types at the same time; the group of lads who want to have a laugh on a night out, and the couples who have gone to the cinema on a date. It’s very difficult to cater to both groups equally here; the ending is probably too sweet for the typical ‘bloke’ to really enjoy, while the humour may not be to everyone’s taste, and therefore possibly unsuitable for a date. If your date enjoys a liberal dose of puerile humour, however, go for it.

Either way, That Awkward Moment is better than you may expect, and a decent option for a cinema trip with your mates.

‘That Awkward Moment’ is out in Irish and UK cinemas from January 29.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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