That Awkward Moment: Film Review

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That Awkward Moment is an urban sex comedy following three twenty-something guys and their exploits in New York City. Their mission is to create a roster of women that is ever-changing and if that awkward moment occurs – whereby they are asked if the ‘relationship’ is serious they make the inevitable swap. A ludicrous plot it may be, however it does beg the audience to question if this is actually so far-fetched in a contemporary world of online dating where dating isn’t seen as monogamous?

Mikey, (Michael B Jordan) finds that his wife has been cheating on him and requests a divorce and so confiding in his two best friends from college, Jason, (Zac Efron) and Daniel, (Miles Teller) they all vow to stay single. They take Mikey on a lads night where the ever charming Mackenzie Davis who plays Chelsea, their female friend, acts as their wing-woman creating a collective sigh of appreciation throughout the male audience. Jason meets a kooky, awkward yet undeniably charismatic girl named Ellie (Imogen Poots) and they spend the night together. Things go awry when Efron mistakes Poots for a prostitute and the rest unravels into a comical, witty and slightly controversial set of events that lead you to appreciate, hate, love and pity Efron in 94 minutes. As a book cover designer, Efron learns the importance and irony in not judging a book by its cover something that is becoming more and more evident in a world driven by appearances.

Efron’s character is typically the guy that every girl hates to love; womanising, funny, cheeky, emotionally unavailable and desperately creative. Ellie’s sustained interest may seem to ring untrue to other film critics however it is a typical plot that is honestly paralleled in every modern day guy or girls’ life. It is arguably a predictable plot-line yet the use of toilet gags, humour and a charming cast, whose talents are possibly wasted on this film, create an easy watch that is lightweight and fun. If you are worried about the cast; you needn’t. A great surprise is that Efron has matured into an actor who is capable of being the headliner of a feature film, and is a far cry away from his days throwing a ball and singing along to cheesy Disney songs.

Audiences are mixed with movie goers being predominately in their twenties and thirties reflecting the characters ages which makes what is being commented on funny and relevant to everyday life. Although the idea of a ‘roster of women’ may seem a bit far-fetched and audiences may feel a bit out of touch, I found this to be a refreshingly honest representation of the modern day man especially when you have the likes of Tinder becoming ever more popular.

Now, surprisingly to myself and many other twenty-somethings who have been to watch this film, this film has not had the best of reviews; yet look at who has reviewed it. The majority of critics are older than forty with differing ideas of what life is; those who are closer to the intended audiences’ age have found it to be smart, sexy and contemporary. It is important to remember that this film isn’t looking to win Oscars, it is meant as easy escapism. It is created to replicate an airbrushed representation of real-life with the use of slang, honest friendships portrayed and modern day attitudes towards sex and relationships. . It demonstrates dating in 2014 where a new culture has been created; impersonal hook-ups collide with a basic human desire for love and affection. If you watch this expecting Golden Globe nominated writing and BAFTA performances you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has a charming cast then you have found your Saturday night viewing.

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