January is usually a month where studios dump their worst movies of the year. It makes a ton of sense, especially since we’ve already been inundated with critically acclaimed movies which, in turn, braces us for another round of awards season.
The trailer to Dirty Grandpa, which opens January 22, gives me some hope that this movie will actually be funny, and seeing if Robert De Niro and Zac Efron will work as a comedic duo actually has my interests peaked.
That Awkward Moment (94 minutes, R) comes out today on Blu-ray and DVD, and this romantic comedy takes a slight twist on the genre, as the relationships are mainly seen through the eyes of three testosterone driven buddies (Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller).
Jason (Efron) is the charming alpha male of the bunch, preferring one night stands (which includes Californication’s Addison Timlin) over real relationships. Daniel (Teller) uses self deprecating humor and his platonic friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) to score at his local hangout, and Mikey (Jordan) is the most sensitive of the bunch. Distraught over his wife’s (Jessica Lucas) infidelity, Mikey turns to his friends for a bit of comfort, and the pair do their best to get their pal back on the dating track.
The film’s moniker relates to that moment when someone attempts to take a purely sexual relationship to a more sublime and committed relationship. Although the buddies come off as womanizers, each of them have their hearts and minds focused on a different girl. Imogen Poots co-stars as Jason’s new girlfriend, who seems way too good to be true (at least in Daniel’s eyes).
That Awkward Moment’s narrative is essentially broken down into three separate storylines, as each guy tries to work through their various love problems. Teller and Davis have a natural ease and chemistry with one another, and their back and forth banter are the film’s highlight. There’s also a great Morris Chestnut (the actor from The Call and Boyz n the Hood) joke early in the film that’s pretty hilarious.
Tom Gormican, producer of the 2013 feature Movie 43, makes his directing debut, and Efron also executive produced the project. The film, budgeted at $8 million, made a respectable, and one would assume profitable, $40 million worldwide.
Blu-ray exclusive material includes a gag reel as well as the featurette Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes, which takes a closer look at Tom Gormican’s personal connection to the storyline (he also penned That Awkward Moment). Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and producer Kevin Turen are interviewed in the featurette.
DVD and Blu-ray owners will also be treated to the segment Threesome: More Awkward Moments, as Efron, Teller, and Jordan sit down and have an impromptu conversation about relationships and the making of the movie. A short feature, which spotlights the the main characters of the film, is also featured on the disc.