This time it’s a newcomer who tells us the eternal story of the battle between the sexes and lets his protagonists jump through standard hoops so that they understand which woman is the right one for them and what idiots they are. Tom Gormican is the name of the man who stages this dull male self-discovery, based on a screenplay he wrote himself. So far, there’s only one co-producing job on the star-studded comedy blunder Movie 43″ in his vita, which shouldn’t exactly act as a door opener for larger tasks – just as little as “That Awkward Moment“? But Gormican is diligent, can probably do better, and already has three other projects in the works, which are being carried out by major studios such as Warner Bros. and Sony are supported. It also helps that his debut cost little and is in the black. But what exactly is this about?
Jason (Zac Efron, 17 Again ), Daniel (Miles Teller, 21 & Over), and Mikey (Michael B. Jordan, Chronicle) live in New York and are best friends who regularly hang out and drink meet. While Jason and Daniel design book covers during the day and satisfy their sex drive with one-night stands in their free time, good Mickey clings to his marriage. The routine ends when Mickey is betrayed by his wife (Jessica Lucas, Evil Dead ), Jason with the confident Ellie (Imogen Poots, Need for Speed) becomes intimate and Daniel and Chelsea’s (Mackenzie Davis, The F Word) platonic friendship changes status. Unfortunately, what Gormican does with his three stories and their overlaps is unsurprising and seems indecisive. Only a few gags ignite and the fate of the characters with their implied inner conflicts is ultimately irrelevant. Even a sympathetic Imogen Poots is useless.
For the actors in That Awkward Moment, who have already shown in other films that they can embody interesting characters convincingly, this forgettable work will remain little more than a side note. Zac Efron is currently shooting a John Grisham thriller (about time again, “The Judgment” was a long time ago), Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have got coveted roles in the two reboot comic adaptations “The Fantastic Four” 2015/2017 and want to make a comedy in the style of “Ocean’s 11” with Gormican. Imogen Poots is soon to be seen in films by renowned directors such as Peter Bogdanovic and Terrence Malick.