Pause for kids 16 & under
Underwhelming sex-themed comedy; lots of strong language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the comedy That Awkward Moment follows three twenty-something best friends who vow to just hook up and not get involved with anyone in order to stay single together. Although stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan are known for previously starring in teen-friendly fare, this is a mature post-college sex comedy that while not graphic in its depiction of sex, is still incredibly risque. There's near-constant strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "pussy," "cock," "dick," etc.), and several sex scenes that show sides of breasts, butts, and bare shoulders, and women in bras and panties. The movie's message is that relationships require work, acknowledgement, and commitment.
Families can talk about the movie's messages about sex and relationships. Who do you think has the healthiest view of romantic love?
Do you consider this movie appropriate for teenagers? Why or why not?
Jason, Daniel, and Mikey are played by actors who've been in teen-targeted movies or TV shows. Do you think the actors' past work makes it hard to consider this movie for mature audiences?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie's main message is that relationships mean being there for someone else when they're going through tough times, not just happy times.
Role models: Ellie teaches Jason about the nature of relationships and convinces him that some people are worth the emotional risk of falling in love. The guys all realize that being in a relationship doesn't mean they can't be close friends.
What to watch for
Violence: Mike punches Jason. A secondary character dies.
Sex: Lots of discussion of casual sex and a "hook-up roster" of women the guys will have sex with but not date seriously. Several sex scenes that show the sides of butts and breasts, or women in their bras and panties. A married woman commits adultery, a man walks in on his friend having sex.
Language: Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," in every scene. Other insults include "emotionally retarded," "what the hell," "f--king idiot," "stalker," "dick," "sick cock," and more.
Consumerism: Viagra, iPhone, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Dell computer, Lacoste, The Bridget Jones' Diary, Simon & Schuster, Grey's Anatomy, and The Wire.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The three guys drink a lot -- at home, at parties, and during their bar outings.
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Could've been better by morgantwhitehead703
Disappointing :( considering the cast I was expecting more. There were a few laugh out loud moments but not enough to get thru the straight up boring and dragged out scenes.
aka that horrible film by kristenwatson204
I'm only 18 and could've written a better movie than this. The script was terrible and not funny at all. I usually find stupid comedy hilarious (such as Anchorman 2) but the only time I laughed during this movie was when I was making fun of it. Zac Efron cannot act (when will we learn??), Michael B. Jordan was just sorta there, and Miles Teller was the most dissapointing of all. His acting in The Spectacular Now was phenomenal and in this movie he has nothing to work with. All of the characters were douchebags and I left the theater scared.. are all twentysomething men really like this?? (which is the exact opposite of what a rom com should do!) The girls were boring and Imogen Poots couldn't get the hang of an American accent (why has no one mentioned this?) it was distracting. So don't waste your money on this movie, stay home. Now a days TV comedies are way better rom coms. Stay home and watch New Girl or The Mindy Project. You're welcome.
My wife wanted to see this by robertdemarcomd
I went with a bad attitude, I must admit. I was expecting to hate it. I found myself quite entertained. The interactions between the male leads were funny and so typically male that you had to relate. The reviews that I read talked about marginal writing and slapstick behavior but who goes to the movies to discuss the writing. You go to escape and enjoy. I loved the bad jokes, the ridiculous antics and the sometimes all to predictable consequences but I left the theatre admitting to my wife that it was a good choice.
Funny movie :) by savvysav15
Went to see this last night with my fiancé, we both loved it! It was funny and actually pretty relatable to real life in a lot of ways. We'll be buying it on DVD when it comes out for sure! (If it matters, we're in our early 20s).
Average Rom Com by sirbosk1
This is just another romantic comedy. The couples are all very good looking and there are some nude shots of the men but strangely, not the women? Lots of adult language that was unnecessary but all in all, a warm afternoon piece of candy.
That Awkward Moment by wgm
Loved it from start to finish, very funny and wonderfully romantic. The three lead guys were perfectly casted. I love Zac Efron, and Miles Teller is a comfortable actor. Loved the different plots and girlfriends, the plots were well written. NYC is the perfect setting for this type of movie. Great date movie, but don't take my word for it, see it for yourselves.
Better than your average Romantic Comedy by jrankel
My girlfriend really wanted to see this and I was dreading the choice. The movie actually surprised me with how good it was. It was predicable, but that's what Rom-Com's are. People may not like the 'f-bombs' but that's how young adults talk to each other and it made the interactions between the characters feel more real. While the movie could be slow at times(at least from a man's POV) it did deliver on being funny and interesting and is well worth a viewing for a date night.
wonderful girl flick by marylavan
My granddaughter took me and I really enjoyed it. Of course I really LOVE NYC , and the fellows were clean-cut descent guys, very nice storyline with plenty of laughs, many smiles! A feel good movie. So glad I went.
Fun movie for males and females by Ribread1
My husband was not wanting to go to the movie at all cause he was thinking it was a chick flick 100% but I told him it would be funny too...and all he could say when it was done was how much he enjoyed it. Great movie to go with friends or as a couple cause it delivers the funny that most guys want and the sweet love story that girls like...you gotta go!!
Girls Night Out by Momofteenboys
Funny, a bit serious, and a small bit of sad. Enjoyed it. The cast was funny. Careful if you take your teens or younger with you.