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Modern, yet familiar vibe for 'That Awkward Moment'

That Awkward Moment


Yes, the title is quite applicable to the movie itself. For a moment there was doubt to whether a specific scene was the reasoning behind the title naming, but then, after the obvious, it was easy to see how there were more than a few awkward moments throughout. But that’s what made this movie likeable and even more so…human.

A friend pointed out that this story has been told over and over. Guy meets girl and they fall hard for each other. In this film, directed and written by Tom Gormican, the story is quite charming and very modern; the changing views of relationships and what it means to the “selfish generation” (a description used in the film), those people who are now in their 20’s. Modernity is also expressed through the use of technology such as cell phones and social networking all being implemented throughout which will undoubtedly be relatable for those in adolescence (if they’re old enough to see it) and young adults.

The film centers around Zac Efron who plays Jason, a book cover designer and his best friends Daniel, played by Miles Teller (‘Project X’, the upcoming film ‘Divergent’), and Mikey, played by Michael B. Jordan (TV series ‘Friday Night Lights’, ‘Fruitvale Station’). They are single guys in New York City trying to live their lives to the fullest. Their single lifestyles are what they feel can define them and a pact is made to be relationship-free.

It may become complicated with girls who catch their eye. Imogen Poots (‘Jane Eyre’, Centurion’) plays Ellie, the girl who influences Jason to be someone else than who he thought. This is what makes the film human. It’s not unrealistic because people change. All changes are not negative.

Each guy has a very different situation than the other. However, what makes them best friends is their ability to understand and support one another. The banter that Efron, Teller and Jordan have is so natural that you would think they were friends in real life. They are just bros who will constantly make you chuckle.

Something impressive and refreshing about this film is Gormican’s pick of careers for these characters. One is a book cover designer, another in the medical field and one who works in publishing and they are all in their 20’s. You don't often see that in film; such young characters with these great jobs.

If you are looking for charm and creativity, this film may be what you’re looking for. While the plot may be awfully familiar, the way in which it portrays 20-year-olds now is accurate and how the characters lightheartedly interact will make you smile. The humor is (key word of the review) modern. If you are looking to share in those awkward moments, don’t worry, there will be plenty of those!