M. Scott Morris
“That Awkward Moment” is a fine title for the movie starring Zac Efron as a young ladies man in New York City.
Casual relationships crash and burn, and there’s plenty of crude language and situations from start to finish.
Jason (Efron) is determined to enjoy the single life with his friends for as long as possible. He goes to clubs, hooks up and builds his roster of women who are available for good times and nothing more.
You probably can guess what comes next. One of his hook-ups isn’t like the others. It’s clear Ellie (Imogen Poots) means more to Jason that he’s willing to admit. Will he be able to see what he’s got before it’s gone?
While that question plays out, there are other questions at work involving Jason’s friends, Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan).
Daniel’s all about keeping things light and easy, but he, too, falls into a relationship. Mikey’s problem is different because he’s going through a divorce, and he’s not ready to take Jason and Daniel’s advice on how to deal with it.
All of the characters find themselves in awkward moments, but Jason seems to be the best at it. Without giving it away, one prolonged scene involves Jason dressed inappropriately at Ellie’s party. It had me squirming in my seat, but the scene has a nice payoff I didn’t expect.
If you’re easily offended, skip “That Awkward Moment” because the language is descriptive and raunchy.
I wouldn’t call it a laugh riot, but there’s some fun to be had, and writer/director Tom Gormican uses New York City to great effect.
I give “That Awkward Moment” a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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