Are We Officially Dating?(That Awkward Moment)
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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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
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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Are We Officially Dating?
BY Simon-Howard lister
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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