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That Awkward Moment - DVD Review

That Awkward Moment

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

ONE too many awkward, unfunny moments scupper this latest Zac Efron offering, which attempts to offer up a rom-com from a male perspective.

To be fair, you can see where writer-director Tom Gormican was coming from given that the laddish endeavours of three male friends has worked so well for TV sitcoms like Friends and, currently, New Girl.

But the banter here isn’t sharp enough, while the attempts at humour aim for edgy but quite often end up crass.

Worse, the chemistry between the male leads sometimes feels flat and is hindered by the lacklustre script, while the chemistry between Efron and Imogen Poots also leaves a lot to be desired.

The premise finds three New York best friends – Jason (Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B Jordan) – vowing to stay single and enjoy promiscuity after the latter’s wife (Jessica Lucas) ups and leaves.

Their resolve is quickly tested, however, when Jason meets and falls for Ellie (Poots), Daniel decides to try going serious with long-time friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) and Mikey bids to patch things up with his wife. What’s more, none of the trio want to admit their relationships to each other.

Gormican’s film has the potential to bring something fresh to the rom-com genre but is constantly left wanting by the shortcomings of the script and an eventually stifling desire to stick to convention.

To be fair, there are a couple of moments that will make you laugh, albeit in a guilty manner, while in Davis’s Chelsea there is a breakthrough performance that’s genuinely eye-catching.

But try as hard as it might, the film runs out of momentum a long way before the end, making the inevitable break-ups and make-ups not really worth caring about. That Awkward Moment is watchable but instantly forgettable, which isn’t really a recommendation.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 94mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: June 2, 2014