Last night, a friend of mine and I decided to ditch Happy Hour and instead go have a relaxing night, escape the cold, and see a movie. There weren’t any movies out that I was dying to see, so I let me friend pick. And since she is obsessed with Zac Efron, she chose That Awkward Moment.
I had no real opinion on seeing the movie. It looked funny and entertaining, so I said sure.
Now, this is my first time ever writing a review on a movie, and I think people who sit down at home and spend time writing a pointless review about a movie they saw are idiots. Because, really, who the hell gives a shit?
But, upon watching this train-wreck of a film, I felt compelled to be that loser, sit down and waste my time writing about this movie, because I walked out of the movie theater more pissed off than that time the Outback ran out of Blooming Onions.
So, for those that do not know the plot, That Awkward Moment is about three male best friends who make a vow to remain single (for each other) to stay out of the messy-ness that is “relationships.”
Ok, so it is like American Pie, but for an older generation.
The three guys are all 26, met and became best friends in college. Fine. That of course happens. What do they do for a living? Well, two of them work as book cover designers at a trendy SoHo loft, while the other one is…a doctor.
Not a nurse. Not a doctor in residency or medical school. A full-fledged doctor. At 26. OKAY FINE. That could be possible.
Oh, and said doctor is married.
That makes me, a single ‘writer’ at 27 feel awful about myself, but that’s besides the point. It turns out that his wife has been cheating on him and wants a divorce. Being upset about this rapid turn of events in his life, he turns to his two best friends for comfort and solace. Where they should have been listening to him and offering advice, they did what normal 26 year old straight men do: they took him out to a bar to get laid.
While at this bar, the main character, Zac Efron, meets a girl – his love interest for the remainder of the film.
What bothered me about this girl is so superficial and I feel horrible about it, but…she was hideous. From the missing tooth to the un-combed hair, she was a disaster to look at and completely had a hand in ruining this movie for me. I couldn’t stop but wonder, “What the HELL does he see in her?”
So, they go home, hook up, and he leaves because he thought she was a prostitute. Because, that’s a normal thing people think about. But you tought their story was over? Of course not! It turns out this non-prostitute is actually an author of a book that is being published and she came into Zac’s agency to get her book cover designed.
Maybe I took this part pretty harshly because, as I said, I am a 27 year old writer who wants to get a book published, and I am realizing it is not the easiest thing in the world. But this is a movie, so, fine. She wrote a book. Whatever.
I wont bore you with the rest of the movies details, but they fall in love, have a fight (BECAUSE ZAC DIDN’T SHOW UP TO HER DADS FUNERAL ON THANKSGIVING DAY) and she asks him to never speak to her again.
So, he drinks, fights with his friend, and has a movie-montage of depression. He cannot stop thinking about this hideous girl. Eventually, months later, he finds her and makes a grand gesture of his feelings for her in front of many people, she cries, he cries, and they end up together.
Aside from the horrible story line, the disappointing acting, and the overall un-funny script, I have just a two problems that I must air out.
- I am so sick and tired of watching movies taking place in New York City with 20-something lead characters living in humongous one bedroom apartments. That is the furthest thing from reality. A 26 year old book cover designer does NOT live in a huge loft in the East Village alone. It doesn’t happen. You really think he is making over 100K at his first job for a dying industry? Nope.
- The married doctor character. So, as I mentioned, he was married and a doctor at 26. His wife? A 26 year old lawyer “about to make partner”. Are you kidding me?? Middle-aged men who have worked at law firms for decades aren’t even making partner. But she is? WHAT SCHOOL DID THEY GO TO?
So, I advise the two of you that actually will read this to please stay away. Spend your 14.50 on something else: socks, a meal at Wendy’s, anything! Do not go see That Awful Movie!