Conclusion: That Awkward Moment is one of the worst films so far in the 2014 calendar year. Cliché, unimaginative, a poor structure, lacking drive, and failing to find a real spark between its leads and their ladies, the film flops on most every level. Even Sony's Blu-ray release is decidedly mediocre. Soft, flat picture quality; largely lifeless sound; and a few throwaway extras don't do anything to make this package even remotely enjoyable. Skip it.
Conclusion: At first it feels innocuous, bordering on juvenile. Once it overstays its welcome, manages to create unlikable characters from three likable actors, and doesn't have much to show for it, that's when you know this is going nowhere. There's just nothing all that interesting or worthy of your time here. Sure, it has a pretty decent Blu-ray presentation. That's not enough to warrant a recommendation.
Excerpt: I checked my inbox prior to watching this review and I received 49 emails promoting the release of That Awkward Moment . This wasn’t for the Blu-Ray, mind you, it was for the theatrical release a few months ago. I realize that email and social media are a new way to promote films, but it got so that every time I saw a new email promoting this film, my eyes rolled.
Excerpt: The general consensus is that 2013 was a great year for movies, and I concur. In addition to the films produced, though, there were some genuine breakout performances from talented young actors. Two actors who left an impression on me were Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station and Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now . When I saw these two were starring in a film together, I was interested.
Excerpt: Jason, Daniel and Mikey (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan) have been friends for a long time, each with their own opinions about dating and relationships they constantly share with each other. After Mikey and his wife have a separation, the three of them agree to remain single together… but in movies, things don't always work out as planned.
That Awkward Moment Is A Series of Awkward Moments!
31 January 2014
Excerpt: The premise of That Awkward Moment is that that moment when a relationship could go either way is can usually be pinpointed. As Zac Efron’s character Jason puts it, when a girl “begins a conversation with ‘So…’ Writer/director Tom Gormican takes this idea of awkward moments and tries to makes create a hybrid romantic dramedy/buddy movie out of it.
Excerpt: A story that begins with "boy meets girl" should have an infinite number of possibilities ahead of it. But in the mainstream romantic comedy genre, it seems we usually only see the same ideas done over and over again. What separates writer/director Tom Gormican’s That Awkward Moment from most of its brethren is that it doesn’t just execute one cliché-ridden idea – it executes three.
Excerpt: The penis references in That Awkward Moment culminate with a literal swinging dick. After mistaking a posh "dress-up" party for a jokey costume bash, Jason (Zac Efron) shows up to almost-girlfriend Ellie's apartment with a foot-long dildo dangling out of his open fly. Jason's embarrassment eventually subsides, and he even wins the favor of Ellie's pro-bro dad (Joseph Adams), but not before his mock schlong takes a rest in Mom's (Tina Benko) martini glass.