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That Awkward Moment Movie Review

Title: That Awkward Moment

Director: Tom Gormican

Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas.

2014 is unleashing several films on the redemption of the Casanova prototype: apparently men are now yearning for romance. Tom Gormican makes his debut as writer and director of his first feature film (where he also has a cameo appearance) with a story that shows three best friends facing ‘That Awkward Moment’ in relationships where we’ve all been – when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

The flick, per se, is cute and predictable as most romedies, but it isn’t devoid of  inciting gushy-teary reactions. Zac Efron is probably the less engaging of the cast, but nevertheless he delivers a rather pleasing performance. Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan prove to be enticing, witty, and amusing, just as female performers Mackenzie Davis and British, Imogen Poots.

‘That Awkward Moment’ is very subtle in giving a male perspective of the time when couples reach the point of no return, when they can move forward or let go. The story gives women a new perspective on relationships, with a realistic approach to what happens in New York’s dating scene. The rules that girls set for themselves. The night club seduction routine. And naturally the wondrous magic of the unexpected.

Romantic comedies are accustomed to a dramatic narrative where people can’t end up together the first time they meet, in fear that the romance may be sullied. But ‘That Awkward Moment’ shows how real life can deny all of this, drawing people together immediately, since they may have a strong connection, then grow apart for adversities and deal with the aftermath, and finally enjoy their happy ending.

Technical: B

Acting: B

Story: C

Overall: B-

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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