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'That Awkward Moment' [Blu ray]
(Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots, et al / Blu ray / R / 2014 / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Overview: Flings turn serious for three bachelors who swore to stay single in support of a heartbroken pal. Now the harder each of them try to cover up their commitments, the more complicated their love lives become!

Blu ray Verdict: 'That Awkward Moment' was appropriately named, as most of the movie was scripted, forced, and cliché. As a 23 year old female, I was actually insulted that this is what Hollywood thinks is interesting or relevant to my demographic. It seems as though people this age have been dumbed down to toilet humor, drinking, cursing, and casual sex.

The plot line was so uninteresting and predictable that had I would have been more intrigued watching an episode of Barney. It almost seemed like it had elements of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' that went horribly wrong, especially because of the lack of character development. The plot even fell short of the cliché I was expecting, as at least two of the characters never had that magical moment where they realize the wrongs of their ways and mature. They were the same, stagnant personalities all the way through the film, the only things that changed were their relationship statuses.

Having three main characters with their own stories, the film had at least a 1 in 3 chance of making an intriguing story line. Instead, the plot walked the already worn out path of the traditional romantic comedy script. To make things even more painful, the comedic timing was so off that even elements that could have been funny (the coworker Fred) were just awkward and odd. The overuse of "f**k" added to the awkwardness as you could just tell that random cursing was interjected into lines, maybe to make it more "youthful."

Jordan's character, Mikey, was the character that I found most bearable, as he seemed to have some sort of dignity or depth. Daniel, played by Miles Teller, literally made me cringe with anger at his nonchalant crassness, reminding me of that guy in high school who tries to be funny but has no intelligence to back it up. Apparently, repeatedly telling a girl that you are "the best b**w j*b receiver" is endearing(?). Efron was completely unlikable and never really redeemed himself or matured, making the film feel empty and unfinished.

Overall, 'That Awkward Moment' checked all the boxes of a basic romantic comedy, including all of the wrong, stereotypically youthful ones. The only thought I left with was wondering how Efron's character could afford such a nice apartment? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:

Threesome: More Awkward Moments
Meet The Characters Featurette Moment of Truth: Behind The Scenes
Extended Gag Reel

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