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SYNOPSIS:
Perennial commitment phobe Jason (Zac Efon) and his co-worker Daniel (Miles Teller) are determined to help their devastated friend Mikey (Michael B Jordan) after he discovers his wife has been cheating on him. To cheer him up, they take him out for a night on the town where they make a pledge to bachelorhood. The next morning a confused Jason wakes up to find himself in the bed of Ellie (Imogen Poots) and dubious of the circumstances of their rendezvous, flees the scene. When Jason & Daniel walk into an important work presentation to find Ellie is a potential client, he desperately tries to make it up to her, and in the process wins her heart. Meanwhile, Daniel and gal pal Chelsea become more than friends, and a heartbroken Mikey, rekindles the passion with his wife. As the three men desperately attempt to keep their relationship a secret from one another, things become complicated, and they are forced to look at their relationship with their partners, and each another.

Review by Louise Keller:
Like ticking all the boxes required for relationships, filmmaker Tom Gormican seems to have ticked all the right boxes for a date movie in his debut film, delivering an amiable romcom endowed with romance, penis-humour and M-rated sex. It's predictable and somewhat derivative but the characters are likeable enough, albeit rather bland. I would have liked to have seen more spontaneous moments like the one in which Zak Efron's Jason fronts his girlfriend's surprise birthday party and meets her parents, wearing a strap on dildo. (No, not THAT kind of dress up party!) The plot involves a mild-mannered notion in which three pals agree to have fun together and not get serious in the dating game. No prize offered for what happens.

After a brief voice over introduction by Efron, explaining that it is 2.18am in mid February in freezing New York and he is sitting on a park bench, the film rewinds the action and introduces us to its three male protagonists. It all begins with the breakup of Mikey's (Michael B. Jordan) marriage, prompting the contrivance. There are toilet jokes, penis jokes, dildo jokes, prostitute jokes and the Working Girl moment when Imogen Poots' Ellie (with whom Jason has just spent the night) appears at the advertising agency where Jason works, as a client. Efron has big hair and long lashes, while Ellie is a stunner with blond hair and striking features. There is nice chemistry between them and they look good. I like the scene in the bar when they meet - the patter is original, smart and funny - although the book reading scene when Jason declares his heart is a movie moment straight out of Notting Hill.

We care less about the other two relationships - Mikey's rekindling of his failed marriage is neither here nor there, which is the same way I felt about Daniel (Miles Teller) and his budding relationship with Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis). The scene in the bathroom when Jason discovers Daniel and Chelsea making out in the shower recess is ridiculous. Gormican fleshes out the premise to the max with side plots involving midnight f**k buddies and sit-com moments with icecream and scotch. Originally titled 'That Awkward Moment', the film tries to capture that 'So?' moment in a relationship, in which the unspoken question is 'So, where is this going?' At least there is no pretence about where it is all going, this is plain and simple untaxing entertainment that prompts a few laughs on its way to a happily ever after ending.

Published June 12, 2014

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ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING?: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2013)

CAST: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Lola Gaudini, Addison Timlin, Jessica Lucas, Emily Meade, Josh Pais, Mackenzie Davis

PRODUCER: Scott Aversano, Justin Nappi, Andrew O'Connor, Kevin Turen

DIRECTOR: Tom Gormican

SCRIPT: Tom Gormican

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brendon Trost

EDITOR: Shawn Paper, Greg Tillman

MUSIC: David Torn

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ethan Tobman

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: StudioCanal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 13, 2014

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Studio Canal

DVD RELEASE: June 12, 2014







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