The insufferable bro-dogg-susceptible post-college romantic milieu of the city-bound white male is at the center of Tom Gormican’s new romcom That Awkward Moment; You know, that time when you’ve mastered the art of the pick-up, but are clearly a long way for mastering the art of the stay-with or even the be-decent-to. That Awkward Moment is a mildly offensive film about the lies young men tell to preserve their would-be machismo. This is a film where handsome and ostensibly charming swains and rakes tool around New York, flippishly referring to potential mates as hookers, but who are still eventually rewarded with feely lessons about being there for the right person at the right time.
The film follows a trio of loutish Lotharios (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan) who swear a half-hearted vow of relationship-lessness when Jordan’s character finds his wife wants to divorce him. Immediately thereafter, Efron meets dreamgirl Imogen Poots, Teller finds that he feels more than friendship for a close buddy (Mackenzie Davis), and even Jordan feels that he may have a shot with his wife (Jessica Lucas) again. Because of this half-hearted bro-code vow, though, the three men feel compelled to lie, to connive, and …read more