Movie review: Fresh faces try rom-com clichés in ‘That Awkward Moment’
Published: January 30, 2014 06:50PM
Updated: January 30, 2014 06:50PM
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This image released by Focus Features shows Miles Teller in a scene from "That Awkward Moment." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Nicole Rivelli)

Though it’s marketed as a romantic comedy for dudes, “That Awkward Moment” is really just another romantic comedy — with the clichés and charm easily digested and discarded by both sexes.

The focus is on three former college pals: Jason (Zac Efron), a ladies’ man who has a “roster” of hookups but is freaked out by the chance for a genuine relationship with Ellie (Imogen Poots); Daniel (Miles Teller), whose friendship with his wingwoman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), starts taking a serious turn; and Michael (Michael B. Jordan), a doctor whose wife’s infidelity sends him back to the clubs.

Writer-director Tom Gormican makes a lot of jokes about the male member, from Viagra comedown to a sex-shop visit, that lose their potency over time.

What keeps one’s interest are Teller’s easygoing patter, Jordan’s sad-eyed charm and the newcomer Davis’ alluring take on a romantic-comedy rarity: a woman who’s not ashamed of her sex life.

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‘That Awkward Moment’

Opens today at theaters everywhere; rated R for sexual content and language throughout; 94 minutes.