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Review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ pleases audiences

“So…”

One word, one dreaded meaning. That is if you ask Zac Efron, and the rest of society’s breed of “players.”

The film “That Awkward Moment” revolves around this simple, two letter word that the men of the movie have grown to detest.

These men are womanizers, building up their rosters of women they intend to sleep with and then leave. The three best friends make a pact that they will stay single for as long as they can.

However, the ladies in this film do not function on overnight flings. Rather, they get more emotionally attached and want a long-term relationship.

MCT Photo Miles Teller, from left, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron in a scene from “That Awkward Moment.”

MCT Photo
Miles Teller, from left, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron in a scene from “That Awkward Moment.”

The men dread the infamous “so…”,  a clear indication that they’re about to be asked, “Where is this going?”

This is exactly the conversation they have been trying to avoid, hence the film’s title, “That Awkward Moment.”

As a girl, it is inevitable that I didn’t quite appreciate all of the Casanova innuendos.

Sure, they were funny, and yes, it is only a movie, but I couldn’t help but think that there are guys out there that actually disrespect women in this way.

Even so, it wasn’t long before the movie took a predictable turn. You know how it goes. The friends-with-benefits turns into the love interest, and the guy doesn’t realize that what is right in front of him is exactly what he wants. The usual Hollywood mushy stuff.

As I watched Efron and his friend stuff their faces with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s after losing “the one,” I categorized this as what could only be classified as a dude chick flick.

Somehow, roles were reversed. The girl was the heartbreaker, and the guy was stalking every guy that tagged her in a photo on Facebook.

It was a change of pace for me to see a romantic comedy where the guy is depicted as the desperate one swooning over his ex.

To be completely honest, I enjoyed watching the situation unfold with the tables turned, not because I liked watching the typical “player” get a dose of his own medicine, but because it shot the stereotype of masculinity in the foot.

But it was a romantic comedy, and as I previously said, it was rather predictable.

Boy wants girl. Boy loses girl. Boy misses girl. Boy makes huge corny scene to get girl back. Boy is attractive enough that girl falls for scene. Boy and girl live happily ever after.

There were twists that I wasn’t expecting, but who are we trying to kid? Once you’ve seen one rom-com, you’ve seen them all.

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