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Title: That Awkward Moment
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Tom Gorimican
Starring: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins
What It Is
Three friends all in different places in life are having to deal. We have Mikey (Jordan) who is recently separated from his cheating wife, Daniel who may or may not be falling for a girl, and Jason, their fearless leader, who never met a girl he didn't like (but not enough to girlfriend). That changes for Jason, when he meets Ellie that is. As Jason and Daniel try to help Mikey start up a "roster" (don't think that needs explaining) and forget about his cheating wife. Mikey, of course, doesn't listen and tries to work it out.
What We Think
Lot's of toilet humor (literally and figuratively). There's also some genuinely funny moments here that in our pre-screening had the audience laughing out loud. And here's the so moment (that one will be explained if you watch this). The so moment occurs at the end which can be described as formulaic at best. It was almost as if Gormican, who wrote the screenplay as well as directed, was afraid to take a chance on the ending and that for me costs this film dearly. That coupled with a case of too much going on doesn't help.
Our Grade: C+
It's a cluster for sure, one that doesn't quite know where to go, and while it was an interesting spin on the RomCom formula, it failed to innovate with its story. And likewise got murdered thanks to its ending. These three guys (Efron, Jordan, and Teller) are going to be huge in the near future. Perhaps this is the film we look at and say... yeah that was the bump in the road needed to really jet set their careers. Tis the season for RomCom's and while this isn't a bad start, it isn't a good one either.
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