'That Awkward Moment' - romantic comedy film enters the man cave

Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:51pm EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Zac Efron navigates the tangled, complex web of dating and the New York singles scene in "That Awkward Moment," a film that puts an uncommon spin on romantic comedy: the male perspective.

The movie, due to open in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows the lives and loves of best friends, 20-something men in the big city trying to remain emotionally unattached as they maneuver the tricky terrain of jobs and relationships.

"This is the first look, I think, of what it is like to be a guy dating at our age and what it's like to be out there," said Efron, 26, who is also an executive producer on the film.

"Sometimes it takes your best friends to get through it," added the star, who shot to fame in the Disney "High School Musical" TV movies and more recently starred in the historical drama "Parkland" and the thriller "The Paperboy."

In "That Awkward Moment," Efron plays confident, carefree Jason, who likes to hang out with his friends and does his best to avoid commitment.

Miles Teller, 26, who starred in last year's Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now" and this year's film festival favorite "Whiplash," is Jason's best buddy, the funny, affable Daniel.

And Michael B. Jordan, a 2013 National Board of Review breakthrough performance winner for his role in critically acclaimed drama "Fruitvale Station," plays the more mature Mikey in his first comedic role on the big screen.

"I was looking for a change of pace. A lot of people know my work from more dramatic, serious roles," said Jordan, 26.   Continued...

Cast member Zac Efron attends the premiere of the film "That Awkward Moment" in Los Angeles January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten