Are We Officially Dating?

Are We Officially Dating?

(That Awkward Moment)
(2014)

R-rated metro rom-com starring Zac Efron as one of a group of three commitment-phobe friends, each caught in their own dating limbo. Co-stars Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Imogen Poots (Fright Night). Released under the title That Awkward Moment in the US.... More

When Mikey (Jordan) breaks the news to his two buds that his partner left him, the boys attempt to cheer him up by making a pact to hit the town as swingin’ singles. While Mikey buries his sorrows in a tub of ice cream, Jason (Efron) hits it off with Ellie and Daniel (Teller) hooks up with Chelsea. But what was intended as one-night stands quickly turn into something more, leading to the eternally awkward, titular question.Hide

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After a night of vigorous coitus, Imogen Poots’ Ellie giggles resentment for not having made Zac Efron’s Jason wait longer for sex. He replies with “I was going to make you wait too. But then I realised, I’m a dude.” With that, we get a solid idea on the film’s perspective on modern masculinity, with characters not above lying and manipulation in order to “punch a card”. That quality makes them ideally suited to committing to stay single alongside a pal who’s suddenly split from his wife.... More

Traditionally, tiresome rom-coms rely on the unrealistic idiocy of their characters in order to generate both conflict and comedy. However, thanks to AWOD’s focus on the current “selfish” generation of 20-something men, there’s a feeling of authenticity to their moronic ideals – it seems sadly real when Jason, given the chance to be a decent human being, becomes evasive because “that means we’re dating.” The boys’ expletive R-rated banter furthers the genuineness to decent comedic effect, though often undermined by some misplaced farcical gags that hit-or-miss.

The film’s smart enough not to naively damn casual sex, reserving the comments “stupid” and “soulless” for the horrible way these dudes go about acquiring it. So it’s a puzzling disappointment that the conclusion seems indifferent about its initial commentary on the metro man. Jason’s win-the-girl-back monologue boils down to “Please ignore everything I did” while Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), who serves as the moral counterweight, gets a subplot that’s too light to balance out the other two. Meanwhile, Daniel (Miles Teller) solves his problems by getting run over by a taxi.Hide


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This film is a very generic american comedy with predictable story lines and weak characters. The majority of the humor I personally found distasteful. However the general story was somewhat sweet and likable, was watchable although nothing amazing.


Totally meh. Didn't expect much and obviously didn't get much


Averagely funny in certain part of the movie, didn't need to think much to enjoy this romantic comedy. Zac did alright for this one, hopefully his second comedy movie that coming out later this year will be better.


Enjoyable mid week movie, easy to watch and had a few laugh out loud moments.


Whilst it would be very easy to rip this movie to shreds (many so-called 'critics' already have), this is a romantic comedy which I found passed my six-laugh test, had appealing leads and kept my attention for it's relatively short running length.

Zac Efron oozes screen presence and charisma, and despite his knockers, ably leads this talented young cast in a humorous look at the lives of three young guys in New York and their misguided search for love, sex and magic.

Yes, it's predictable.... More No, it won't be winning any awards. Yes, there are much better romantic comedies...

But as a 21-year old guy out for a night at the movies, I found it relatable in parts, relevant and, most importantly, a good laugh. And frankly, why bother rubbishing the poor parts when the bottom line is I enjoyed the movie and would happily recommend it to my mates?

Best Scene: The party, when they are in the bathroom (no spoilers but it's very, very funny!)

Worst Part: Knowing from the first twenty minutes exactly how the movie is end. Original and unpredictable this most certainly ain't, but it's fun seeing how they end up where you know they are going.Hide


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The Press Reviews

22% of critics recommend.
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  • Gormican’s script is the film’s big strength; the dialogue fizzes while the set-pieces pay off handsomely Full Review

  • It’s predictable and troubled by continuity errors, but as undemanding romantic comedies go, it’s a pleasant enough watch with a heartfelt script from debut writer-director Tom Gormican. Full Review

  • In the main, it's the usual story – much more rom than com. Full Review

  • The actors – who seem to have been involved in a hideous industrial accident that’s left them with the superpower of repelling all comic timing – are spectacularly unfunny. Full Review

  • The pic falls well short of its efforts to combine the raucous vulgarity of the “Hangover” movies with Cameron Crowe-ish depth of feeling. Full Review

  • First-time writer-director Tom Gormican fills his script with jabs at romantic convention, but his story doesn’t attempt to subvert those conventions in any meaningful way. Full Review

  • In smaller, sharper doses, the frenetic testosterone shtick of these baby-faced blusterers might have worked better. Full Review

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