‘That Awkward Moment’ Review


Courtesy of Treehouse Pictures

Sydney Rogalsky, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Zac Efron’s new film seems to boast all the qualities of the average rom-com: a cute guy, a girl who “isn’t like other girls,” and a list of each reason one of the main characters loves his girlfriend. But, despite the “That Awkward Moment’s” formulaic approach to the storyline, it’s still pretty funny.

Miles Teller, like every movie he’s in, was a breath of fresh air. He was the sole source of comedy and charm. His character seemed to develop the most; going from a womanizing bachelor, to ending up in a solid relationship by the film’s end. His jokes came off unrehearsed and majorly improvised, making them seem more real and adding to their comedic effect. Teller seems incredibly talented in this aspect, always bringing an unprecedented sense of humor to each role he takes on, this film being no exception.

Surprisingly, the most entertaining female character in the movie was not the lead female, but rather the girlfriend/wingman of Teller’s character, Chelsea. Not only was she more gorgeous than perhaps even Zac Efron—difficult as that is to pull off—she also brought humor and intelligence to the role. Contrast this with Efron’s fictitious girlfriend, Ellie’s “I’m not like other girls” speech, and Chelsea seems to create more than just an interesting character, but a strong female role which neither degrades nor denounces women, a role which is generally lacking in Hollywood, especially in male-dominated films.

The plot itself, however, left much to be desired. The characters are all in their late twenties, a time in one’s life not often depicted in films. Set between the partying college life of the early twenties and the stable work and family life of the early thirties, these years are certainly an “awkward moment.” It certainly set this film apart, but the lack of any real character development, climax, or falling action, the film seemed rife with poor writing.

Despite its shortcomings, “That Awkward Moment” did pack in intense comedic value, from Efron’s character thinking Ellie to be a “hooker” upon first meeting her, to Michael B. Jordan’s character gorging himself on ice cream after learning his wife was divorcing him. Comedy, however, can’t make up for a poor, non-cohesive storyline in any case, and certainly not this one.