run time: 94 mins
considered: Comedy, Romance
starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Potts, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas
movie summary: Three best friends live in New York City and try their best to deal with their dating and sexual relationships while keeping their friendship first.
Jason (Zac Efron) is the unofficial leader of the group who sleeps around with random girls on a nightly basis, and has no intentions of getting into a relationship. Then there’s Daniel (Miles Teller) who has his best friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) set him up every night at the bar, but also doesn’t want to be in a relationship. Finally there is Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) who is a doctor and the only married one of the bunch. Their friendship and relationships all appear to be running smoothly until Mikey gets divorced. Jason and Daniel vow to dump any girls they are seeing and stay single with their broken-hearted best friend.
Only a few nights after they formed their single pact, everyone has the time of their life at the bar and soon their lives get turned upside down. Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots) by scaring off another guy trying to buy her a drink. After some sweet talking, he goes back to her place, sleeps with her, and then thinks she’s a hooker. Mikey gets an unexpected phone number from a really good-looking girl, but is still not in the mood to pursue anything just yet, while Chelsea sets Daniel up with another gorgeous girl.
Mikey tries to contact his ex-wife who has been sleeping with her lawyer to work things out and after some discussions they rekindle their sex life. He can’t tell the guys because he would look like a fool and would break their vow. Daniel gets tired of hooking up with random girls and begins to hang out with Chelsea more and soon their friendship turns into a relationship. Of course Daniel needs to keep their relationship secret for the same reasons Mikey has too, while Jason meanwhile begins to see Ellie a few days a week. The guys claim he’s broken the vow and that he is dating her, but he shoots down any allegations.
The guys continue to hang out and Jason notices there’s something off between Chelsea and Daniel but doesn’t realize they are together. Both guys think Mikey is hooking with the girl from the bar and celebrate him getting over his marriage, while Jason begins to distant himself from Ellie to look macho in front of the other guys. Tragedy suddenly strikes Ellie’s family and Jason doesn’t show up for her which causes her to end whatever they had. Mikey realizes his wife is still sleeping with her lawyer and he walks out on her when she explains she doesn’t love him anymore. Both Jason and Mikey head over to Chelsea’s family Thanksgiving where they catch Daniel and Chelsea having sex in the bathroom.
Soon the truth comes out, punches are thrown, and the guys decide not to be friends anymore. Over the next few weeks Jason meets with Mikey, who now lives on his own, and then Daniel who isn’t over Chelsea. After apologizing and fixing their friendship, Jason realizes he loves Ellie and that she is the one, Daniel realizes he never told Chelsea how great she was for him, while Mikey finally called the girl back from the bar and is ready to move on from his ex-wife. Jason must find Ellie and win her back, Daniel needs to track down Chelsea to explain how bad he messed up, while Mikey tags along for moral support.
my thoughts: I was overly excited to see That Awkward Moment from the first time I saw the trailer, and this movie did not disappoint. This film has an amazing young cast and their on-screen chemistry had the audience bursting out loud laughing from start to finish. The theatre had it label 18A but IMDb has it listed as 14A, which is doesn’t make sense because there is no graphic sex scenes, just a lot of f-bombs and dating/sexual relationships. My friends didn’t like the movie as much as I did and I can see why, it has a very predictable plot and ending but is jammed pack jokes, pranks, and romance. I love the sexual jokes, how cheesy the romance is, the realism of the characters, and how they portrayed their relationships. This isn’t a typical chick-flick where the girl gets the guy in the end, but more of a realistic approach of finding love in the big city.
I highly recommend That Awkward Moment to anyone in need of a good laugh and likes romantic movies.
my star rating: 8 out 10