To millions of teens worldwide, Zac Efron is the perfect man. With his dreamy good looks and school-boy charm, he’s managed to brainwash an entire generation into thinking he’s actually a good actor.
Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh, but That Awkward Moment does him zero favours. Efron stars as hot, young book-cover-designer Jason – a guy who plays women like a sport – following him and his two best friends Daniel (Miles Teller)and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) when they make a pact to only date women casually and never fall in love, so they can continue to avoid the “so where is this going?” conversation. However, all three Casanovas betray the pact and secretly find themselves getting attached to three beautiful (obviously) damsels – Jason to the quirky and smart Ellie (Imogen Poots), Daniel to an old friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), and Mikey to his ex-wife Vera (Jessica Lucas) from whom he recently split.
That Awkward Moment explores simply how the guys are going to remain friends and still keep their girlfriends through the breaking of the pact, but then, nothing much else happens. Ironically, midway through the movie, the audience catch themselves questioning “so, where is this going?” It feels like you’re waiting for the good bit or the turning point, and it never arrives. For a while afterwards I had to remind myself of what went on, however, for a laidback rom-com on a Saturday afternoon, I suppose it’ll do, though it is a lot more rom than com. And that’s disappointing because the funny parts truly were funny. This film could have been ten times better if only Gormican had had faith in his comedic writing skills and if he had perhaps put the genuinely hilarious and witty Teller at the forefront of this dreary tale.
Efron is dull and samey, never breaking out of his comfort zone or exceeding the boundaries, but we have to thank him for allowing Teller to shine through – if this movie is anything to go by, he’s going to soar in Hollywood. Poots is also an experienced yet under-appreciated face in the industry and she plays the part great, managing to be outstandingly beautiful yet relatable – something very rare and therefore refreshing in this type of film.
It’s not a bad film. The storyline is simply mediocre but for a bit of light-hearted entertainment just to pass the time, That Awkward Moment does the job well.