Are We Officially Dating?

WRITTEN BY: Tom Gormican
DIRECTED BY: Tom Gormican
STARRING: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis
RATING: 3 stars
 
I laughed out loud a lot while watching Are We Officially Dating?, which is also known as That Awkward Moment in other countries. But upon reflection, I cannot say it was a particularly good film. The main reason for this is that it is terribly predictable. From the moment we are introduced to each character, we can guess exactly how they will develop through the film. Are We Officially Dating? is also pitched as a romantic comedy told from the male point of view, which is great, except that it ends up being told in the same sappy way as a female would tell the story. What does work for the film though is the cast and their chemistry. It feels believable that the trio are best friends. If nothing else, Are We Officially Dating? is a fun film to see on a date night.
 
When Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) finds out his wife (Jessica Lucas) is leaving him for her lawyer, his two best friends, Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller), make a pact vowing to remain single and only have casual sex with women. But all three struggle to keep their promise. Mikey misses his wife, Daniel starts to develop feelings for his wingwoman Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) and Jason begins to romance young writer Ellie (Imogen Poots) after initially mistaking her for a hooker.
 
Poots has the quirky-girl-next-door look down pat, while Efron seems to be playing his charming self in this film. But Jason is also rather unlikable in some scenes and I found myself wondering why Ellie likes him. Jordan, who was recently seen in Fruitvale Station, gives a decent performance and his character is probably the most sympathetic. Teller, who recently starred in The Spectacular Now, is very funny in this film. It seems like he improvised some of his lines, which worked well. He also had good chemistry with Davis.
 
Hardly anyone will remember this film in a few years, but Are We Officially Dating? is still a decent romantic comedy with plenty of shirtless scenes to entertain.
 
 
 

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