That Awkward Moment 2014

That Awkward Moment

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Formulaic and unfunny, That Awkward Moment wastes a charming cast on a contrived comedy that falls short of the date movies it seems to be trying to subvert.

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Best pals Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) indulge in casual flings and revel in their carefree, unattached lives. After learning that the marriage of their friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) is over, they gladly welcome him back into their circle. The three young men make a pact to have fun and avoid commitment. However, when all three find themselves involved in serious relationships, they must keep their romances secret from one another.

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Critic Reviews for That Awkward Moment

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (110)

  • In That Awkward Moment, only men have friends-which suggests that the movie believes, despite its protestations to the contrary, that only men are people.

    August 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Imagine the television series Friends with a lobotomy, and you are near to comprehending the crassness of That Awkward Moment.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • The refreshing thing about this otherwise formulaic romantic comedy is that writer-director Tom Gormican gives the verbal humor some rhythm, shooting many of the dialogue-driven scenes in long takes so they develop a pleasing ebb and flow.

    October 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A moderately smart movie would have pushed back against the formula. That Awkward Moment simply mistakes being obnoxious for being clever.

    February 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie's ideas about relationships would've felt middle-of-the-road in the '80s, and its big epiphany moments (Guys can fall in love, too!) are shallow enough to make you long for the comparatively profound rom-com oeuvre of Kate Hudson.

    February 1, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • First-time writer-director Tom Gormican keeps the dialogue moving at a rapid pace, which doesn't obscure the fact that most of what is said is dopey and witless.

    January 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for That Awkward Moment

  • Jul 22, 2016
    Three bros navigate the perils and promise of modern romance. One is freshly separated from his cheating wife; one is a serial ladykiller who meets his match but is too set in his ways to commit; and one gradually catches feelings for his platonic wingwoman. The prior two stories are par for the course, despite Zac Efron and Imogen Poots being rather likable together. None of the moments are that awkward, and some of the jokes are too "in." What's really surprising is the third story, which begets (another KStew doppelganger) Mackenzie Davis's excruciatingly lovely moment as an open mic night chanteuse with her soulful and modern rendition of "After You've Gone," chased by Miles Teller's so-subtle-and-you'll-miss-it look of admiration then dismissal.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2014
    While 'That Awkward Moment' seems like a hell of a fun movie to make for any actor in their twenties, guy or girl, maybe the writers should have taken a bit of that enthusiasm the actors had and steered it toward a better script that wasn't so formulaic. Michael B Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller are clearly having a great time throughout this movie, but it's too bad their potential is weighed down by the typical tropes you find in rom-coms. There are moments when it feels like it tries to expand on the formula, but it actually dives headlong into that exact repetition we see in these movies. The only difference is there are three guys it's happening to at once rather than just one. The focus is on the guys side of the bro-ing out and relationship status instead of collectively allowing the girls pov to mean something as well. It could have made for a more balanced movie. Having said that, the hints at comedy from the guys was decent. Teller was the clear lead in this category while Efron takes the cake for the looks and Jordan adds the color. Overall, not a bad sit through for the age group they are trying to sucker in, but outside a few outlandish scenes, things moved too quickly and to familiarly to separate it from the usual bunch.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2014
    I had very low expectations for this movie. All the reviews were bad, and it generally just didn't look that good. As a story, it's a very uneven dramedy about relationships. When it's funny, it's really funny. But when it focuses on the drama, it stutters. Having said that the cast is fantastic. Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller are all 3 actors with very bright futures. Especially Teller, the guy is hilarious in everything. This is one of those movie where in 10 years people will be like "damn! they were in a movie together like that?!" It sure won't be remembered for much else. Emily watched the whole thing and thought it was ok. If she likes it, I'm sure all the women will too. Guys, there's at least 1 scene at a party that makes the whole thing worth it. Check it out sometime.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2014
    Wow, what a disappointment this one turned out to be. I didn't care for any of the characters and the acting was just so-so. I really didn't pay attention to the trailers for this movie I just saw that it had Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan in it and thought maybe it would be funny. I won't say the film didn't make me laugh, because it did a couple times. But most of the time I was pretty much bored. The truly only really funny part is where Zac's character shows up to the birthday party in his ridiculous outfit (which I loved). That was the most 'awkward' moment in the film as well. In the end it's not a film I would see again.

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