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That Awkward Moment (2014) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 21 August 2013


  • Genre: Movies
  • Runtime: 130 mins

Jay´s Review

First-time director Tom Gormican, who also wrote this R-rated screenplay, gives us three buddies in the process of growing up (you are supposed to write what you know...smile...). They have a New York City pace to their repartee: very quick, acerbic and witty. The actors mastered the art of interrupting and talking over one another in a very natural way, while still managing to convey their dialogue. Not an easy task...

We enjoy:

  • * Zac Efron ("The Lucky One") is Jason, one of our young men on the make, determined to stay single and "live the life!" He designs book covers.
  • * Imogen Poots ("A Late Quartet") plays Ellie, the gal he sees in a bar and diverts from a pickup artist so HE can pick her up. She conducts poetry seminars.
  • * Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") is Daniel, who works with Jason. He makes sure no one underestimates him; he has braggadocio down pat! 
  • * Mackenzie Davis ("The F Word") Our tall, slender Chelsea, however, can see right through Daniel's smooth talk.
  • * Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") plays Mikey, a young doctor who is in shock over his wife's infidelity.
  • * Jessica Lucas (Lots of TV) is Vera, Mikey's estranged wife; she's just looking for more "spontaneity." Who knew?

Some the things impressed us: all of our young adults have jobs; no one lives with his or her parents, although they all get along with them just fine; not one hint of drugs is seen, and there are no pressing money problems. HOWEVER, the comedy is juvenile and raunchy, the language is profane, the behavior is VERY R-rated, and, I blush to admit, we laughed out loud regularly.

No car chases, no guns, no blowie uppie stuff and the nudity is pretty much played for laughs. All in all, even though it was funny, it made me grateful that I do NOT have to go through these modern-day dating rituals. Yikes!

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