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That Awkward Moment

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Director: Tom Gormican

Starring: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Duration: 94 minutes

Certificate 15A

1 of 4 Only a date movie if you're looking for a way out
Only a date movie if you're looking for a way out
2 of 4 Poots plays a better character than who she's paired off with
Poots plays a better character than who she's paired off with
3 of 4 Efron should really think more of himself than signing up for the likes of this
Efron should really think more of himself than signing up for the likes of this
4 of 4 Annoyance alert!
Annoyance alert!

Like many before him, Zac Efron is a former teen heartthrob determined to get credit as a serious actor. He's done some acclaimed work, too, in the likes of Me and Orson Welles and The Paperboy. But Efron should really think more of himself than signing up for the likes of That Awkward Moment, a movie that tries to mix tawdry and tender and fails to satisfy fans of either.

In one of those dreary 'we don't want relationships, honest' set-ups, ladies' man Jason (Efron), loudmouth Daniel (Teller) and separated Mikey (Jordan) decide to "put together a roster" to bed as many women as they can and stay single for as long as possible. Of course, behind the bravado they've each got it bad for one woman in particular: Jason for recent one-night stand Ellie (Poots), Daniel for equally smartass pal Chelsea (Davis) and Mikey for his ex, Vera (Lucas). And so we follow the three pals as they try to fool each other - and themselves - about what they really want.

It's no Swingers. It's no American Pie, either. And back-to-back viewings of both will give you everything in terms of satisfaction that That Awkward Moment can't. Seemingly more determined to wind you up than win you over, writer-director Gormican has created three central male characters who you never really cheer for because they're so self-centred, overbearing and needy. They walk around a lot holding cups of coffee, trying to talk louder than each other and sounding as if they're 15-years-old, their attitude towards the opposite sex particularly nauseous at times. Attractive, eh?

As a pointer for the future, Gormican actually fares better when he plays it straight in the hand-on-heart scenes, while the three women prove far more interesting than who they're paired off with. But sure, tell us something we don't know.

Only a date movie if you're looking for a way out.

Harry Guerin

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