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Rapid Movie Review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Brightest Star’

Rapid Movie Review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Brightest Star’

Rapid Movie Review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Brightest Star’
January 31
13:00 2014

Preston Barta // Film Critic

“That Awkward Moment”

Rated R for sexual content and language throughout.

Runtime: 94 min.

Overdone concept that still manages to provide a slew of laughs

Rating: 3/5

Though it’s littered with clichés, “That Awkward Moment” is a passable comedy for today’s young adults. Tapping into the tensions of college romance, the impersonality of hook-up culture and its clash with the need and desire for intimacy, it never quite delivers gold. Even with a pleasant cast – including Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and the scene-stealing Miles Teller – the film fails to present anything original or creative. While the chemistry among the three friends offers some solid laughs, too many of the romantic scenes with their respective love interests fall flat and end up either lackluster or exaggerated.

“That Awkward Moment” is playing in theaters today.


“Brightest Star”

Not rated

Runtime: 80 min.

Actors shine brighter than the watered-down material

Rating: 2.5/5

There is nothing more unfortunate in film than a great cast forced to work with a bad script. This is the sad case with “Brightest Star,” starring Chris Lowell, Rose McIver and Clark Gregg. In Maggie Grace’s feature debut, about a college grad (Lowell) determined to win back the girl he loves, there are plenty of shining moments, especially the few between Lowell and Gregg (“The Avengers,” 2012). However, the film’s narrative inconsistencies and dull screenplay fall short of delivering something worth remembering.

“Brightest Star” is available on iTunes and Video On Demand.

Feature Photo: Miles Teller, Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan play three buddies who met at college in “That Awkward Moment.” Photo courtesy of Focus Features.
Center Photo: Rose McIver (“The Lovely Bones,” 2009) and Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars”) shine in “Brightest Star.” Photo courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

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