That Awkward Moment



Underwhelming sex-themed comedy; lots of strong language.
  • Review Date: January 31, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.


Mike punches Jason. A secondary character dies.


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.


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.


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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

What's the story?

In THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, best friends since college, twenty-something New Yorkers Jason (Zac Efron), Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), and Daniel (Miles Teller) are dealing with a relationship crisis: Mikey's wife Vera (Jessica Lucas) has announced she's been unfaithful and wants a divorce, so the other guys promise him that the way to get over his failed marriage is to have casual hook-ups and remain loyal only to one another. But just as the guys are beginning to enjoy the single life, Jason meets the quirky and sweet Ellie (Imogen Poots) and Daniel realizes his best female friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) might be more than his designated "wing man."

Is it any good?


The charming young cast of That Awkward Moment is deserving of so much better a movie than they're in, and despite all of their efforts to elevate the thin and shallow material, it just doesn't work. The comic gags are raunchy and unoriginal -- like when Mikey walks in on Jason having casual sex, or after Mikey accidentally rubs self-tanner on his penis, leading to witless jokes about what his member looks like-- and the relationship arcs are predictable and obvious.

It's always a shame when the only women worthy of love are various shades of Mary from There's Something About Mary -- gorgeous but "just one of the guys," a woman who is as comfortable drinking Scotch and playing video games as she is performing sexual acts in her parents' bathroom during Thanksgiving. The ensemble is full of actors, particularly Teller and Jordan, who will no doubt make their mark in far superior films. They're charismatic and emotive and of course attractive; too bad That Awkward Moment is just that -- awkward and full of only the flimsiest of easy laughs. 

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 31, 2014
DVD release date:May 13, 2014
Cast:Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan
Director:Tom Gormican
Studio:Focus Features
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language throughout

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Parent Written byDan G. February 6, 2014

This movie is all about irresponsible sex

This movie is filled with instances of the male characters combing bars and finding women to seduce into bed and then abandoning them. Honesty is rarely found as they lie their way shamelessly to get their victims to bed. There is quite a bit of male nudity, it seems that Zac Ephron loves to be naked in front of a camera; it happened frequently. Sex is treated consistently in this movie as both a joke, and as only something to be selfishly sought after. Subjecting children to the irresponsible messages in this movie should classify as abuse.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byyonatan0998 March 14, 2014

Its an okay movie

its an okay movie, there were a little too much sex scene you don't really see much, but there are still really alot. its good and funny you watch it just bring a kid over 14!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byFaz May 4, 2014

That Awkward Moment 2014

This film is rather deceiving. The trailer makes it look like a laugh out loud, outrageous comedy. It's a different take on 'I Give It A Year'. It's disappointing as i thought this looks hilarious, its not. Because of the main stars; Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, thats why people want to watch it. Not for its plot, originality or funniness but to be completely honest, great performance by Efron (Jason), Teller(Daniel), Jordan(Mikey), Poots(Ellie), Davis(Chelsea) and Lucas(Vera).
What other families should know
Too much sex


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