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'That Awkward Moment' claims third spot in box offices

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, February 3, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 23:02

That Awkward Moment

Todd Williamson | Invision, Associated Press

Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller attend the Los Angeles Premiere of 'That Awkward Moment' Premiere, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Despite a rough opening weekend, “That Awkward Moment” highlights awkward relationships with a price to pay for a predicable plotline.

As a modern interpretation of modern relationships, “That Awkward Moment,” directed by Tom Gormican, struggled to reel in the third spot in box office earnings, sitting behind Disney’s “Frozen” and Universal Picture’s “Ride Along.”

“High School Musical” veteran Zack Efron acts as the main character with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller in supporting roles. Set in New York City, the movie begins after Mikey’s (Jordan) wife leaves him for her lawyer. His two best friends, Daniel (Teller) and Jason (Efron), make a pact to stay single to help him get over his breakup.

The three begin to unknowingly fall in love with the female protagonist and mutual friend portrayed by Imogen Poots. With a love triangle between three best friends and one woman, the plot is tattered with good looks and no substance.

The plot is typical of most romantic comedies and lacks any type of unique or surprising factor to it. Fortunately however, the script is filled with witty one-liners, somewhat funny jokes, and cringe-worthy moments.

Even with its weak and predictable storyline, “That Awkward Moment” succeeds in portraying an uneasy moments many people try to avoid. Defining a relationship would not be so awkward if you truly care for someone.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Los Angeles Times pre-released audience surveys projected more than what the movie earned.

Considering the small budget of $8 million, “That Awkward Moment” would have had to make at least triple the amount in order to be considered a successful film, according to i09.

However, there are still more weeks to keep an eye on the film’s success in theaters.

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