Ebiri on That Awkward Moment: A ‘Romantic Comedy’ in Which Zac Efron Plays a Sociopath


In the new psychological thriller That Awkward Moment, Zac Efron gives an uncannily cool performance as a sociopath whose promiscuous ways are interrupted by the arrival of a particularly adorable new prey, played by Imogen Poots. The film, largely centered around this vapid monster’s insincere but tragically effective wooing of his sassy, yet vulnerable female victim, could have easily been mistaken for a romantic comedy. But writer-director Tom Gormican and Efron clearly signal to us what kind of film it is by making sure the actor never emotes — that the icky shadow of human feeling and passion never passes across his immobile, dreamy face.  Read More...



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