THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Hundreds of Awkward Moments
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller,
Michael B. Jordan, Imogen
Poots, Mackenzie Davis,
Jessica Lucas, Addison Timlin,
Josh Pais, John Rothman, Tina
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features/Comcast
Director: Tom Gormican
Executive Producer: Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman,
Zac Efron, Jason Barrett,
Michael Simkin, James Gibb,
Darren Blumenthal, Manu Gargi,
John Friedberg. Co-producers,
Ray Marshall, Andrew Fierberg
Producer: Kevin Turen, Andrew
O’Connor, Scott Aversano,
Writer: Tom Gormican
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James Schamus, CEO, Focus Features (a division of NBC Universal and Comcast)
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The story is about three twentysomething men, Jason, Mike, and Daniel, who are young professionals working in New York City. Mike, a doctor, informs his two friends that his wife is cheating on him and wants a divorce. Jason convinces Mike and Daniel that they should all just play the field and try to bed as many women as they can. Jason is afraid of what he calls “the So moment,” that awkward moment when a woman suddenly says, “So. . .,” meaning she now wants to know whether a relationship is headed toward something more serious, perhaps even marriage.
Though the three men agree to play the field, Jason and Daniel end up falling for two women, and Mike tries to get back with his wife, Vera. However, they don’t tell one another. The problem is, they also try to avoid that awkward moment, when Jason has to tell Ellie and Daniel has to tell Chelsea where their relationships are heading, and when Mike finally must confront Vera about their marriage’s future.
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT has some excellent writing. For example, there’s a cleverly written “meet cute” scene when Jason meets Ellie. A funny twist occurs, which results in some more good writing. Finally, the climactic scene between Jason and Ellie is one of the best-written scenes in recent years.
That said, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT is full of almost constant foul language, including many, many “f” words. Also, it often relies on crude, lewd humor, such as a scene at a sex shop and a fancy party scene where Jason mistakenly shows up wearing a lewd costume because he thought “dress up” meant wearing a costume, not a suit and tie.
All this occurs within the context of a Post-Christian neo-pagan culture, with a non-Christian, unbiblical attitude toward male-female relationships. Thus, despite some good writing, there’s no godly, biblical foundation to the lives of these characters, and the characters are clearly influenced by modern feminist, hedonistic attitudes that have turned men into juvenile predators. They all forget the foundation that God laid down in Chapters One and Two of Genesis, and that Jesus reaffirmed in Matthew 19:1-12, “At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’” Without a biblical foundation, relationships between men and women will always be fatally flawed.
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT has some very clever, even brilliant, writing, when it gets serious or when it goes for more witty humor. The ending is particularly good. When it gets crude and lewd, however, (which is often), it falters in a big way. There’s no godly, biblical foundation to the lives of these characters. They operate in a pagan, immoral culture with few or no Christian values. Consequently, there’s abundant, strong foul language in THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, along with toilet humor and explicitly lewd references.