Are We Officially Dating (“That Awkward Moment” in America) is a bromance comedy, some are calling it the younger male version of “Sex and the City” or even “Girls”.
We are introduced to three best friends living in New York: Jason (played by Zac Efron), Mikey (played by Michael B. Jordan) and Daniel (played by Miles Teller). All of these men have problems in their relationships. Jason and Daniel have issue with commitment, and Mikey, is the “happily” married doctor who comes home one day to find out his wife is cheating on him. Upon finding out the news, his two best friends make a pact to stay single in support of Mikey.
While this movie does have its romantic moments, don’t expect a full on typical rom-com. It is a modern comedic look into the young male psyche in relation to friendships, relationships and themselves. The female characters have a strong presence but men take centre stage here.
The film tries to balance and please both sexes via comedy and relatability. While there are some “serious” issues this film touches on, it only slightly shows the emotional impact of Mikey’s wife cheating on him, nor does it really to explore what made Jason and Daniel behave the way they do with women. On the other hand, it doesn’t turn every scene into a punch line either.
Perhaps the strongest aspect of the film is the acting and chemistry among the leads. Efron, Teller, and Jordan have believable chemistry and the dialogue between them comes off very natural. Teller brings most of the comic relief, Efron convincingly plays the charming, confused guy and Jordan has some funny moments, but he also provides a lot of the seriousness and heart.
Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas might not be the leads, but they certainly hold their own. Their characters and their portrayal of their situations will surely hit close to home with a lot of the female viewers; whether that be wanting to end a relationship, trying to start one or being in love with a friend.
The backdrop of New York in autumn is beautiful and gives the movie a slight “cool hipster” vibe, which is complimented by the soundtrack of this film. David Torn and director Tom Gormican, knew their target audience and they certainly cater the soundtrack to them. If you are in your 20’s or early 30’s, you might find yourself making a mental note to look up the songs used.
I won’t say this is a fantastic movie, it is not for everyone, obviously it won’t win an Oscar, it lacks a bit in character development, and there is some stereotyping of sexes, but that is something to be expected when going to see such a genre. However, thanks to all the actors/actresses and for a couple of genuine laughs, it is an enjoyable movie. It is certainly something both sexes can enjoy watching together. With that being said, don’t mistake “Are We Officially Dating” to be a first, or even second date movie. Unless you want to get uncomfortable very quick with your date. I rate it 6 out of 10 stars.
Are We Officially Dating? will be out in cinemas on the 13th of February.