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Film review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ is awkwardly not funny

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That Awkward Moment


I never understood “that awkward moment” sayings, memes, and quotes that took over the internet a while back. They are not only lame and unfunny, but they make no sense. About 98% of the supposedly “awkward moments” aren’t really awkward to begin with.

The film “That Awkward Moment” pretty much matches the memes: lame, unfunny, and the point of the film makes no sense. Well, unless the story of three superficial friends who get a happy ending, in more ways than one, is a memorable and entertaining plot. There really isn’t anything romantic or comical about this “romantic comedy.”

As I summed up above, “That Awkward Moment” follows three childhood friends, Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller), and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan). When Mikey’s wife files for divorce, his buddies make a pact to stay single along with him. And, you guessed it; the plan doesn’t work out very well. Because you guessed it again; they find the girl of their dreams. Their new secret romances bring on drama and issues to their friendship, but it’s nothing ice cream and scotch can’t solve.

The friendship portrayed by the actors is believable, but that doesn’t make them likeable. It’s hard to feel sympathy for self-absorbed characters, who don’t even make you laugh. There was a chuckle here and there, and all from Miles Teller. Efron’s character is trying too hard, and Jordan’s role is just annoying. Ultimately, the actors did all they could, but they set themselves up for failure when they signed up for the film. What a waste of charming talent.

“That Awkward Moment” is now in theaters. It’s rated R for sexual content and language throughout. Running time is approximately 1 hour and 34 minutes.