Cinematic Releases: That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment when you realize this movie is pretty dang good.....

"Disney? So what?"

This week finally sees the release of That Awkward Moment, a comedy that takes the standard relationship drama/comedy and turns it on its head with awesome chemistry between its three male leads. 

It's a far cry from being a perfect movie, but between the excellent soundtrack, the comedic delivery, and the commentary on modern relationships, That Awkward Moment is above and beyond most of the brain dead comedies we've seen the past couple years. 

Going in with lowered expectations, it was pleasing to see Zac Efron break free from his standard mold and finally do something with heart. To say that he's a great actor would be a bold statement, but he's finally heading in the right direction and taking roles that will change his career for the better. Michael B. Jordan moves away from his dramatic portrayal in Fruitvale Station to offer up the most endearing performance of the movie as Miles Teller (in usual fashion) backs up the trio with several laugh out loud (awkward) moments. Yet, none of them steal the show. This is a team effort in which they all play off each other with perfect timing and delivery. 

"What did you just ask me to do?"
What really struck me about this movie was its reminiscent tone. That Awkward Moment is the first time in ages that a relationship comedy brought me back in time to similar movies from the 80's. Certain moments had a feel that could have easily been stripped from the original About Last Night or St. Elmo's Fire. There's just something about the pairing of these three actors and the soundtrack that pulled me in, reminding me of what these types of movies used to be like. 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm extremely hard on comedies. It takes a lot to impress me. For the first time in ages, there was a connection made between myself and the characters on screen and the story being told. It pulled me in hook, line, and sinker. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for good story telling. Either way, this is an above average movie about friendships and love. See it with your friends or significant other. It'll make you laugh. Who can complain about that?

-Review by Chris George