THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller

Ever watched Sex and the City and thought, “Wouldn’t this be better if they were guys?” Probably not. But That Awkward Moment, a new bromantic comedy, gives us a glimpse at what that would be like — and the result is a decidedly mixed (though well-dressed) bag. The plot centers on three hot-blooded twentysomethings: Studly book cover designer Jason (Zac Efron), his snarky pal Daniel (Miles Teller), and their doctor buddy Mikey (Michael B. Jordan). When Mikey’s marriage sours, the friends make a pact to steer clear of relationships despite the throngs of lovely-and-willing young ladies threatening to snag their hearts. Romantic entanglements follow, but the story is just an excuse for a bit of anthropological espionage: a supposed peek at the secret life of the urban American heterosexual male. But on that level, That Awkward Moment underperforms. The movie’s ideas about relationships would’ve felt middle-of-the-road in the ’80s, and its big epiphany moments (Guys can fall in love, too!) are shallow enough to make you long for the comparatively profound rom-com oeuvre of Kate Hudson. Luckily, the three lead actors are plenty charismatic — so much so that you wish they weren’t stuck in such a conventional, unambitious movie. But sit tight through the end credits and you’ll be treated to a few off-the-cuff outtakes of the guys doing things much funnier than anything in the film itself. C+

That Awkward Moment

  • Movie
  • R
  • 94 minutes
  • Tom Gormicon