That Awkward Moment (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
May 14, 2014 by Dennis Amith
“That Awkward Moment” is a romantic comedy that often falls flat, but manages to pick itself up towards the second half. Sure, it is contrived and it has its number of moments of stupidity, but for those looking for a romantic comedy that is not too deep or emotional, especially a romantic comedy geared for guys, may find “That Awkward Moment” a film that will appeal to them.
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TITLE: That Awkward Moment
YEAR OF FILM: 2014
DURATION: 94 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:40:1 aspect ratio, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Subtitles: English, English SDH
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: R (For Sexual Content and Language Throughout)
RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2014
Written and Directed by Tom Gormican
Produced by Scott Aversano, Justin Nappi, Andrew O’Connor, Kevin Turren
Executive Producer: Jason Barrett, Lia Buman, Zac Efron, John Friedberg, Manu Gargi, Peter Schlessel, Michael Simkin
Associate Produced by Juliet Berman, Ryan Thurbon
Co-Produced by Andrew Fierberg
Music by David Torn
Cinematography by Brandon Trost
Edited by Shawn Paper, Greg Tillman
Edited by Shawn Paper, Greg Tillman
Production Design by Ethan Tobman
Set Decoration by Deirdre Brennan
Zac Efron as Jason
Miles Teller as Daniel
Michael B. Jordan as Mikey
Imogen Poots as Ellie
Mackenzie Davis as Chelsea
Jessica Lucas as Vera
Addison Timlin as Alana
Josh Pais as Fred
Evelina Turen as Sophie
Every relationship has that “so” moment. For a guy like Jason (Zac Efron), that’s where things always end. He’s firmly committed to non-commitment. When the marriage of his friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) falls apart, Jason takes it as proof that the single life is for the better. To get Mikey back in the game, Jason enlists him and drinking buddy Daniel (Miles Teller) to take a shared vow: together, they’ll stay single as long as humanly possible. Then along comes Ellie (Imogen Poots), the unpredictable, unforgettable one-night hook-up who changes all the rules. Despite all his instincts, Jason just can’t let her go… and his status is about to get very complicated.
Not very often do you get to see a first-time writer/director make his writing/directorial debut for a feature film, but that is the case for Tom Gormican.
As writer/director for the 2014 film “That Awkward Moment”, a film that was originally part of the Black List (a survey which lists the top motion picture screenplays not produced) and would earn Zac Efron an MTV Movie Award for “Best Shirtless Performance”.
The film would star Zac Efron (“High School Musical”, “17 Again”, “The Lucky One”), Miles Teller (“21 & Over”, “The Spectacular Now”), Michael B Jordan (“Chronicle”, “Fruivale Station”), Imogen Poots (“28 Weeks Later”, “Need for Speed”, “V for Vendetta”), Mackenzie Davis (“Smashed”, “Breathe In”) and Jessica Lucas (“Pompeii”, “Cloverfield”).
And now, “That Awkward Moment” will be released on Blu-ray & DVD in May 2014.
“That Awkward Moment” revolves around three best friends, Jason (portrayed by Zac Efron), Daniel (portrayed by Miles Teller) and Mikey (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan).
Jason is a man who loves having sexual contact with women with no feelings of commitment towards them. He wants no relationship and loves to have fun. While Daniel works with Jason at an advertising firm and is not great with women, but thanks to his female best friend Chelsea (portrayed by Mackenzie Davis), he is able to meet many women thanks to her.
As for Mikey, he is a nurse that is trying to move on after his wife Vera (portrayed by Jessica Lucas) files for divorce and admits that she has had sexual relationships with the divorce lawyer.
Wanting to cheer up Mikey, Jason comes up with an idea that all of them must stay single, no commitments and have fun! And each of them make a promise to stay single.
But things change for each of these young men as privately, unbeknownst to each other, they are having their own personal fun.
Jason has a one night stand with Ellie (portrayed by Imogen Poots) and starts to realize that he has more feelings towards her than he ever felt for any other woman.
Daniel starts to find himself attracted to his friend Chelsea and both start having a sexual relationship.
While Daniel and his wife Vera seem to be getting back together and are having the greatest sex they have ever had.
As the guys break their promise towards each other, having found love, will they be ready for it? And what happens when the guys find out that each of them have broken their promise of staying single?
“That Awkward Moment” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). One of the positive feelings I have towards this Blu-ray release is the film’s cinematography. I enjoyed how New York was featured and the style that accompanies a NY romantic comedy. But the overall picture quality features vibrant colors, great detail and clarity. Skin tones are natural and detail was great that one scene that feature Daniel and Chelsea, you can see the lint flying all over the room. But for the most part, picture quality for this film is very good!
“That Awkward Moment” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. The film is primarily dialogue and musically driven. Front and center channels feature crystal clear dialogue and music throughout the film. While there are some moments of surround sound use with scenes featuring crowds. But overall, a lossless soundtrack that is adequate for this romantic comedy.
Subtitles are in English and English SDH.
“That Awkward Moment” comes with the following special features:
- Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes – (9:40) The cast discuss how they became good friends during production. Also, working with the director/writer, Tom Gormican.
- Threesome: More Awkward Moments- (9:07) Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller discuss the film and their “So” moments.
- Character Profiles – (3:53) Featuring profiles of the various characters of the film.
- Extended Gag Reel – (3:40) Bloopers from “That Awkward Moment”.
When it comes to romantic comedies, there are those that are remembered for its memorable characters, lines, moments and films that you watch often, because they resonate strongly with you. From the moment you first see it, to decades later.
“That Awkward Moment” is not one of those romantic comedies. But it is a film that I will remember for its jokes falling flat or jokes that were just not funny at all.
And it was tough because there are things about the film that I enjoyed. I love the fact that this film was set in New York, I enjoyed the chemistry between Zac Efron and Imogen Poots. I enjoyed the cinematography, costume design and even the music. As well as some of the improvised scenes that were hilarious and fun.
But part of the problem with the film is how it tries to be too funny with jokes that are literally not. For one, this film is a bromance film that guys will no doubt enjoy because it’s about three good friends who talk about sex, their experiences and trying to live the life as a single guy.
And I have no problem with that as many of my guy friends including myself have those crazy discussions. But when you have jokes of guys taking Viagra and then having difficulties going pee, or jokes of one guy wacking off to suntan lotion and getting an orange penis and another joke, with one wearing a costume with a penis as a tail (cock tail) for a social gathering, it just doesn’t work.
As I watched the film with my wife, she was the first to say, “this film is for guys”. And as a romantic comedy about three guys, yeah…it’s more about the bro dynamic. Guys supporting each other as they want to see each other succeed and get laid.
While you get the deep scenes with Zac Efron and Imogen Poots, it’s far too short and you want to see more of them rather than the other guys and their girls. My wife just found the bromance scenes a little bit too much for her and she was done with the film, halfway. While for me, despite the unfunny scenes, there are moments that as a guy, you just enjoy for its crazy moments.
But I did come to this film expecting the worse and for first-time filmmaker Tom Gormican, he manages to pull off a film that is OK, for the most part.
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality was great. Vibrant with great clarity and for the most part, loved how New York was showcased throughout the film. Lossless audio was adequate with crystal clear dialogue and music. With some scenes with crowd ambiance and using the surround channels. But it’s not an immersive soundtrack, but adequate as many romantic comedies are. You also get a few special features included an extended gag reel, character featurettes and more.
Overall, “That Awkward Moment” is a romantic comedy that often falls flat, but manages to pick itself up towards the second half. Sure, it is contrived and it has its number of moments of stupidity, but for those looking for a romantic comedy that is not too deep or emotional, especially a romantic comedy geared for guys, may find “That Awkward Moment” a film that will appeal to them.
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