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That Awkward Moment (2014)
Back in 2010 when Gormican's screenplay for That Awkward Moment was entitled Are We Officially Dating?, some film executives apparently considered it one of the most-liked unproduced scripts included alongside those for The Hunger Games (2012), Argo (2012), and Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), in The Black List survey of fledgling industry faves for that year. According to its synopsis listed on The Black List website, Are We Officially Dating? was a dating comedy about guys who avoid relationships. Cool. Lads being cads. That sounds funny. After having screened That Awkward Moment, I can imagine how some of this movie's scenes would have been riotously hilarious within that irreverent context. Unfortunately, this movie ain't that movie.
Sure, That Awkward Moment begins
with the same premise. Efron's character starts off glibly doling
his perils, uh, pearls of wisdom recognizing it's time for party
boy Jason to hit eject when any of the women he's bedding use
"The 'So'". "The 'So'", his Ferris Bueller-like
narrative explains, is when she starts a sentence with "So...".
It inevitably leads to her asking where they're going with each
other, relationship-wise. Are they friends with benefits? Just
dating? A couple? More? Meh, to Jason, nothing good ever comes
from "The 'So'". It's a total buzz-kill. Seriously.
Eject. Jason's bachelor mantra is confirmed when he learns Mikey's
wife wants a divorce. Long-time buddy Daniel joins in their Bro-mance
pact to forever savour the care-free, swaggering singles lifestyle
of marathon Xbox matches and no-strings booty calls. (Read
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