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That Awkward Moment Isn’t The Next Big Teen Movie We’ve Been Waiting For

Posted on January 30, 2014 by
Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment is a R-rated comedy for and about twenty-somethings figuring out themselves, their relationships with one another, their ladies and their attempt to find love.

With a stacked cast (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan) and zeitgeist-friendly title, That Awkward Moment had all the makings to be kind of good. Sure, the idea — or at least the title — is based off a meme but still, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t have conjured up something better than this. That Awkward Moment is full of potential but squanders any moment to be truly funny so it can be some artificial, weird, melodrama.

Seriously, guys, this is a weird movie.

On the bright side, it’s not terrible; it’s just incredibly lazy and mediocre. Admittedly, I chuckled every once and a while and I thought it wasn’t terribly directed. What is terrible is the script which was so completely uninspired. I don’t have a problem when Hollywood makes a movie out of a product, a game board, or even, in this case, a meme. Because there is an idea there and, if it’s done well, it has the potential to be good; I’ll always argue that the first Transformers movie is the perfect summer blockbuster. They could’ve made That Awkward Moment a nice, little comedy that really captures the moment and the current state of the twenty-something’s of today. But it doesn’t, at all. It barely has anything to do with that awkward moment. It should have just been called Bro: The Movie.

Zac Efron and Miles Teller in That Awkward Moment

IMAGE COURTESY OF: Focus Features

The cast is the film’s strongest suit. Though I’ve tired of Miles Teller, he’s the strongest one out of the three male leads. Michael B. Jordan is underused and misused and Zac Efron is everything the demographic for this movie will want him to be: naked and smoldering, but he’s better than this. Yes, I said Zac Efron is better than this. When he wants to, he can turn on the talent. Imogen Poots is kind of refreshing for the “quirky” love interest, but again, just underused.

The movie clocks in a total of 90 minutes, which is fine, but it feels longer than that. I’ve been moaning & groaning for Hollywood to make more movies like this for this age group because they just…stopped. When was the last, great, young-adult comedy you saw and was truly memorable? Easy A, right? I’m not saying that it could have been, but if they actually tried, we could have had another American Pie, or at least something in the same vein that really captures the voice of a generation. This does not. This doesn’t really do anything.

There are funny moments, but it goes for the “drama” more often than the laughs (most of them were featured in the trailer). It’s incredibly heavy-handed, and in such an artificial way that it becomes laughable. At times, it feels so squandered, so lifeless, so uninspired, that it’s like some forgotten TV pilot from the early 2000s. it’s a weird movie. That Awkward Moment had all the potential to be a nice, little, R-rated comedy but is lifeless, unfunny and uninspired.

That Awkward Moment hits theatres January 31. Watch the trailer below:

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