Casual Gets Complicated

“That Awkward Moment” is a 2014 romantic comedy film, the directorial debut of Tom Gormican.

That-Awkward-Moment-posterJason (Zac Efron – “Bad Neighbours”, “17 Again”), Daniel (Miles Teller – “Whiplash”, “Divergence”)and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan – “Fruitvale Station”) are three best friends who find themselves at that confusing moment in every relationship when you have to decide “so… where is this going?”.

Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan & Zac Efron
Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan & Zac Efron

Mikey’s is a young doctor who’s been married since the end of college, who suddenly finds that his wife Vera (Jessica Lucas – “Pompeii”) wants a divorce. He meets up with his best friends Jason and Daniel, who work together designing book covers, and neither of whom have steady girlfriends – preferring to keep a “roster” of friends with benefits on the go at the same time.

Mackenzie Davis Miles Teller
Mackenzie Davis & Miles Teller

Now that Mikey is effectively single too, the three make a pact to stay that way and head to a bar to celebrate Mikey being unattached, where they meet up with Daniel’s female wingman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis – “Breathe In”) and start to try to get Mikey’s mind off his wife.

Chelsea fixes Daniel up with a blonde, Mikey manages to get the phone number of a girl with glasses, and Jason hooks up with Ellie (Imogen Poots – “Filth”, “The Look Of Love”), an author. And that’s where the problems begin.

Imogen Poots
Imogen Poots

Despite initially making a huge mistake in guessing how Ellie makes her living, Jason soon finds himself drawn to her more and more. At the same time Mikey works on trying to win his wife back and Daniel tries to come to terms with his deepening feelings towards Chelsea. Naturally, as they have agreed to all stay single, none of the three let the others in on what’s going on. Many complications ensue as they pursue their goals whilst trying to keep things secret from their friend…

The three male lead characters are well played, with Miles Teller particularly continuing to impress with his ability. Imogen Poots does her thing well too, portraying Ellie with a wonderful mix of vulnerability with a steely undertone, although in truth both Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas have less to work with in terms of character development.

This certainly isn’t the most original storyline ever. However, having what is essentially a romantic comedy portrayed mainly from the males’ perspectives makes a difference. The scenes where Jason and Daniel interact with their boss, Fred (Josh Pais – “Touchy Feely”) are a hoot, and there are some very funny scenes indeed throughout the movie.

Don’t miss the bloopers during the final credits either…

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