That Awkward Moment

Subscribe to Zac Efron alerts

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Friday 31st January 2014

Box Office USA: $26.0M

Budget: $8M

Distributed by: Focus Features

Production compaines: Treehouse Pictures

Reviews 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 98

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Tom Gormican

Producer: Scott Aversano, Justin Nappi, Andrew O'Connor, Kevin Turen

Starring: Zac Efron as Jason, Miles Teller as Daniel, Michael B. Jordan as Mikey, Imogen Poots as Ellie, Mackenzie Davis as Chelsea, Jessica Lucas as Vera, Addison Timlin as Alana, Josh Pais as Fred, Evelina Turen as Sophie, Tina Benko as Ellie's Mom, Joseph Adams as Ellie's Dad, Eugenia Kuzmina as Girl at the Bar (uncredited), Emily Meade as Christy, Alysia Reiner as Amanda

That Awkward Moment Movie Review

Even a strongly likeable cast can't breathe life into this ill-conceived film, which poses as a sex comedy but is ultimately timid and sappy. The premise is intriguing enough to catch our interest, but it ends up being three badly written romantic-comedies woven together in a way that makes them neither romantic nor comedic.

The story strands centre on three best buddies enjoying their late-20s in New York. Jason (Efron) is the womaniser, breaking up the moment any girl begins to get serious. Daniel (Teller) is the clown, using humour to find women, usually with the help of his friend Chelsea (Davis). And Mikey (Jordan) is the responsible one, a medical doctor happily married to Vera (Lucas). Except that she leaves him, prompting Jason and Daniel to promise to stay single with him in solidarity. Then instantly, each of them finds himself in a relationship: Jason falls for wild-girl Ellie (Poots), Daniel realises that he's in love with Chelsea, and Mikey secretly tries to get Vera back.

The problem is that there's very little chemistry between any of the characters. Not only are the love stories strained and implausible, but the bromance never even gets off the ground because filmmaker Gormican is clearly terrified of any kind of male affection. He's also not very good at depicting sexuality, with only a couple of scenes played for comedy value. In fact, all of the film's sharp edges have been surgically removed, leaving only the illusion of gross-out humour.

This is a real shame because there are moments when the actors reveal what this might have been. Efron, Teller and Jordan are all likeable, charismatic actors who spark nicely off each other even if we never remotely believe they are anything like their characters. And the women fare even worse, with undefined roles that are never allowed to come to life. So when things turn sentimental and preachy in the end, we roll our eyes in exasperation. Sure, there's some mindless fun to be had here, but the flimsy script leaves it ultimately meaningless and forgettable.

Watch 'That Awkward Moment' Trailer



Subscribe to Zac Efron alerts


That Awkward Moment Rating

" Grim "


More Zac Efron

Entourage Trailer

After making a name for themselves in Hollywood, Vincent Chase and his entourage of friends from Queens have finally made a movie. The only problem...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum hit 'Of The Night' and featured...

HAERTS - Interview Video

Brooklyn band Haerts released their self-titled debut album this year, and here they talk about how they first got into music, their lifelong friendship and...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker [Audio] Video

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through his new label deal with Sony Music. He has teamed...


Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin [Live] Video

Meghan Trainor performs her latest single 'Lips Are Movin' at one of her favourite places in the world: an aquarium. The song features, alongside smash...

Bastille - Things We Lost In The Fire [Live] Video

Live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta, Bastille perform 'Things We Lost In The Fire', the final single from their debut album...

HAERTS - Be The One [Live] Video

Haerts perform an intimate live rendition of their song 'Be The One', taken from their self-titled debut album released in October 2014 through Columbia Records....

ScHoolboy Q - Hell Of A Night Video

ScHoolboy Q released his first number one with third album 'Oxymoron', and he now unveils the video to its latest single 'Hell Of A Night'...