As part of the female half of the human species, any movie that “stars Zac Efron” should make my ovaries scream with joy. As a fan of American Pie, anything that markets itself with humour akin to said incredibly successful 90s movie should have me pushing my way to the front of the cinema queue, stereotypical British manners be damned.
So, given that That Awkward Moment boasts both Zac Efron AND gross out sex humour – this should be a very positive review. Weelllllllllllll, sort of. And that’s as far as That Awkward Moment gets.
The problem here is that that there was very little for a girl to relate to in the film. If there were it didn’t show guys in a very good light - despite Imogen Poots and Mackenzie Davis giving it a real good go to insert some lady-ness. It was a borderline misogynistic view on dating and left you feeling a little as if men had more fun when they’re single and shouldn’t be tied down in a relationship.
There’s a moment in which I can directly compare this to American Pie by which I can prove my above point. Both sets of boys make a pact’ in American Pie it’s to have sex by prom and in That Awkward Moment it’s to remain single and have as much single fun as possible to help a bro deal with his breakup. Both sets come to blows as certain people break the pact. The Pie boys all realize pretty quickly that it’s a stupid thing to fight over a stupid little pact that’s just about sex. Guess how the boys in this deal with things? Very, very seriously. As if this pact about staying single and having fun is the most important thing in the world and that falling for a girl is the worst.
Girls – if you need a no-brain-needed date film that your man will like PICK THIS ONE. Guys – if you fancy a sex humour filled film that will make your girl happy too (there’s Efron nakedness) then PICK THIS ONE.
Just don’t expect to remember it in a week’s time.
That Awkward Moment is out 29th of January!