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Netflix-N-Grill: ‘That Awkward Moment’ Review

Andrew Berkeley (@AndrewBerkeley)

"When you realize getting some means wanting more," is truly an accurate summary of all of That Awkward Moment itself. The movie is the tale of three best friends who are all struggling to navigate modern relationships.

Jason (Zac Efron) is the leading man who has a strict no-dating rule. He knows when to leave when his relationship reaches the "so... moment", meaning that the girl wants to get serious. They will begin the conversation with "so..." followed by "where is this going?" or "what are we doing here?". This is where the awkward moment comes in and Jason has to remove them from his roster of friends with benefits. That is, until he meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), an intelligent and well-spoken woman who seems to capture his attention. 

Then there's Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), whose wife Vera (Jessica Lucas) has asked for a divorce. Having been married since college and suspecting that his wife had been cheating, Mikey moves in with Jason.

Finally, there's Daniel (Miles Teller), who is everlastingly single. His best female friend, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), often “wingwomans” for him at the bar. But she seems to be more interested in hooking herself up with Daniel. 

These three best friends all make a pact at the bar to remain single forever and the first person to declare a relationship loses the bet. This leads to a comedy of errors as each man falls for their girl but is unable to publicly say that they're dating, which leads to many awkward moments.

To be blunt, this entire movie is an awkward moment. The strongest actor is Zac Efron but his lack of chemistry with Imogen Poots makes their relationship difficult to believe. Michael B. Jordan's storyline is so boring and his acting is so poor that I chose to use his scenes for bathroom breaks without pausing the movie.

And finally, Miles Teller's character comes across as annoying and desperate for a woman's affection. The cliché of "the right woman was your best friend all along" is hardly a groundbreaking concept, which is why the movie gets tediously predictable.

If you're looking for a movie for background noise while you work on another project, find a shirtless Zac Efron appealing, or want to watch unrealistic couples suffer through a series of increasingly uncomfortable moments, than you might enjoy this movie. But if you want something with substance, look elsewhere on Netflix.