Cast: Zac Efron as Jason, Miles Teller as Daniel and Michael B. Jordan as Mikey.
Best friends Jason (Zac Efron), Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) live together. When Mikey’s girl breaks up with him, his friends decide to take him out, rather then letting him mope.
That Awkward Moment was viewed from guys’ perspective which made it unique from other rom-coms made before. It’s got a cool vibe and light-hearted theme which I guess tried to capture young women and I thought it successfully did.
Although Tom Gormican’s script and direction was an overall slick, some jokes were tiring like the “Daniel is taking a dump for God knows how many times already”. It was funny in some way but as Jason and Mikey emphasize it, the more it becomes tiring.
The three main character—Jason (Efron), Daniel (Teller) and Mikey (Jordan)—were pretty much likeable and they grow into you as the movie went on. Zac Efron has proven to us again that he’s the type of actor where you could put him into any roles out there and he could still make you believe of the impossible. Yes, like how Superman made us believe that he’s faster than a bullet. Although Jason wasn’t as remarkable as Daniel, he’s the guy you would like in the first place since he’s got a slick (not as charming, though) attitude and sometimes he could also be as romantic as fuck and an asshole at the same time.
Miles Teller was hilarious and comedies come natural in him as though he wasn’t acting at all. I gotta admit that his performance stood out among Efron and Jordan’s. He doesn’t need to try hard; he nailed his character well and it suited him perfectly. Credit to Tom’s script, Daniel’s progression was seen clearly. While on the other hand, though, Mikey, unlike Jason and Daniel, wasn’t given enough time to develop as a character. Not only Michael B. Jordan’s role was weak, but was also given less attention. I think that his acting chops were convincing but honeslty, he could do better than this.
“So… where is this going?” Is the main line which That Awkward Moment has relied on and it was pretty much showed clearly—from the beginning ‘til end. The movie wasn’t complicated to watch—it’s easygoing and this kind of film is what casual people would see not for the fascines of watching excellent movies but only for entertainment.
Scenes were smoothly edited together; some are surprising and unexpected although its climax wasn’t executed in a way it would stand out because it was flat. Though the resolution was satisfying, it was kind of predictable. What I like about it, though, is that it was able to balance both their male and female audience and left people hanging and wanting for more.
Rating: 3 out of 5