After their friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) reveals his wife wants a divorce, Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) instantly come to his aide. It is then that the three friends make a pact to stay single together and just go on casual dates with women. In hopes of avoiding the big question of “where is this going?”, the friends think the plan is going full swing. That is until they find themselves wondering the same question.
That Awkward Moment, is a film that tries to perfectly balance and please both sexes by providing the buddy comedy aspect for the guys, and the cheesy romantic-comedy for the girls. Ultimately what happens is that the film proves that is one line you cannot balance without falling off onto the romantic-comedy side. On the one hand, the film does a fine job in both of those aspects. It features plenty of great laughs, ranging from the dialogue between the three male leads, to some of the situations they find themselves in. As far as the romantic-comedy story, rest assured that is has many cheesy “aww” moments. Sometimes more than one can care for. Not to say, the romantic moments are all awful, there some genuinely good-hearted ones. That aside, it does feature moments where a viewer will see themselves having done some of the things the characters do. So there is some relatability here.
But what the strongest aspect of the film is, is the acting and chemistry among the leads. Efron, Teller, and Jordan have very believable chemistry and come across as realistic buddies. They constantly crack jokes with each other, but also have each other’s backs. The dialogue and moments between them come off as so natural that it almost looks like they’re completely veering from the script and standing their own. Efron and Teller especially bring on the most charm, while Jordan provides a lot of the seriousness and heart.
Despite the fact that the film failed to balance the fine line to please both sexes, it has enough comedy, chemistry, and acting makes is more than forgivable. But I also give it credit for trying.
My Rating: 7/10