If Hollywood tends to gear romcoms towards women, writer/director Tom Gormican clearly didn’t read the brief. A date movie that both sexes will want to see, That Awkward Moment centres on three twentysomethings who, on the surface, are looking for anything but a relationship.
Gormican’s script is the film’s big strength; the dialogue fizzes while the set-pieces pay off handsomely. One scene where Jason puts new meaning into a ‘cocktail party’ is particularly amusing – even if Gormican is guilty of flushing too much toilet humour through his dick-flick.
Efron looks at home playing an asshole with charm – but by far the most engaging is Teller. It’s not perfect, but giving the romcom a male makeover takes a certain amount of balls, and That Awkward Moment does it with panache.