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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    The pic falls well short of its efforts to combine the raucous vulgarity of the “Hangover” movies with Cameron Crowe-ish depth of feeling.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's nice to see a movie in love with New York City, but That Awkward Moment sets such a low bar for Jason's redemption it becomes a drag.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Even when Gormican’s material tries too hard to be wackily crude, and not hard enough to make dramatic sense, the actors suggest layers of experience that help to fill in the gaps.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While it has the requisite amounts of comedy and romance, it's actually more of a buddy movie. Think "Sex in the City," bro-style.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's the Judd Apatow syndrome and there are times when the blend of romance and raunchiness threatens to curdle. In the end, however, the "love conquers all" mentality wins out.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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
  • message true0

    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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 false2

    Violence: Mike punches Jason. A secondary character dies.

  • sex false3

    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 false3

    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 false2

    Consumerism: Viagra, iPhone, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Dell computer, Lacoste, The Bridget Jones' Diary, Simon & Schuster, Grey's Anatomy, and The Wire.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The three guys drink a lot -- at home, at parties, and during their bar outings.