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‘That Awkward Moment’: A dead-end rom-com that smirks at men and women

By Tay Yek KeakMovies - 19 February 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 11:15 AM

‘That Awkward Moment’: A dead-end rom-com that smirks at men and women

Our Rating

2/5 Stars

Let me get this straight.

This “made for Valentine’s Day” movie is a show about guys?  

Did somebody figure it is time for ‘Sex and the City: The Lowdown on Men ’?

Sure, the three hip dudes in the movie talk about women in a childish, horny 20-something way, ogle them, fall in love to varying degrees, sleep with them, break up with them, make up with them, yada, yada, yada.  

Sure, this rom-com of one-part romance and three-part bromance has its moments of fun, all-shucks sweetness and frat-boy madness (ever tried peeing horizontally spread out like a plane into a toilet bowl?).

But the awkward moment in ‘That Awkward Moment’ isn’t about the bumpy things you do in bed.

It is about best bros – played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B Jordan – finding out that their harebrained pact to steer clear of committed relationships for the Great Male Bonding Of All Bondings doesn’t quite work.  

The reason for this screwball pact is because the married one – Mikey the doctor (Jordan) – is seeing his marriage with the love of his life go downhill, and his buds feel they have to rally behind him by staying freely single in Fling City too.

The young men hang out at a bar in New York to cruise for casual hook-ups, and there is an endless parade of super hot women who are portrayed as super-easy catch.

Seriously, real gentlemen don’t behave this way towards women? And are women really that slutty and easy? 

The good-looking Efron, who plays hotshot book-cover designer Jason, is the ringleader, but he looks just a tad awkward and self-conscious in his sex scenes as though he prefers to look at himself in the mirror.

His liaison with a woman called Ellie is the emotional anchor and rewarding bit in the movie, as he jostles with falling hard for her while trying to maintain his “no relationship” deal.  

Daniel (Teller), who is also a book designer, has a longtime female friend-with-benefits Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), who responds to his needs with no strings attached. Again, is this for real?

Snarky and a smart-alec, Daniel talks so fast about oral sex and female body protrusions that he sounds like John Cusack on steroids. But he, too, gets into a mess when he suddenly feels he and Chelsea could be something more than just sex mates.  

So with all these boy-girl entanglements, the boy-boy-boy stay-single arrangement becomes absurd.     

Make no mistake, the three pretty boys are quite likeable, jolly, and, er, well-hung-in-there together.  

But the grand “epiphany” – that guys do fall in love whether they want to or not – is something you already know. Duh.

You don’t need a 90-minute movie that also paints women as wanton sex objects to tell you this.

‘That Awkward Moment’ is now showing in cinemas

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