That Awkward Moment [2014] ★★

That-Awkward-Moment-with-Michael-B-JordanYou can tell “That Awkward Moment” is cheesy and predictable from watching the trailer. There’s Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller (so good in “The Spectacular Now”) doing sitcom shticks as twenty something best buds who decide a marathon of one-night stands is what they need. No relationships or commitments whatsoever. Then Efron falls for Ellie (Imogen Poots). Should he make if official or keep screwing around? Nothing like killing a laugh buzz with a moral question. Actually, Woody Allen does it all the time. But “That Awkward Moment” is miles below Allen’s class. It’s possible that a more coherent script could have provided more fuel for the actors. But the script built to formula specifications by writer/director Tom Gormican (in his feature debut) is running on empty most of the time. In other words: If you can’t figure out what happens, you’ve never seen a movie.

Rating: 2/4

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