Are We Officially Dating? That Awkward Moment Roslyn Hull In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships. That last one is a better option for my waistline. So no one get their knickers in a twist, but I saw this…and I enjoyed it.
But, as you might have surmised by now, they are not the usual protagonists. Tom Gormican, first time director, also wrote the script and he has made a solid attempt to turn the dreaded romcom on its head. Gormican is clearly aware of the wish fulfillment idea as Jason and Daniel even discuss it in relation to the book cover they are designing for a chick-lit author.
But is this what guys wish for? If I was a guy I think I would wish for a wingman like Mackenzie Davis smart and cool or a crush like Imogen Poots intelligent, awkwardly gorgeous hipster — but do they? Does this film add anything to the sum of human knowledge? No, but it is interesting speaking as the usual target demographic for romcoms to see a different take on a stock genre.
With the blanket condemnations that romcoms receive in the media I do wonder why Hollywood continues to make them. How does a first time director get backing for this if they are such a bad idea? I must not be the only person who considers them a guilty treat. There are some awkwardly enjoyable moments — like when the prolonged effects of Viagra result in Jason and Daniel having to lie across toilet bowls to pee, as they talk on their mobile phones.
There is a lot of discussion of penises, but not nearly as much as in the Hangover franchise. However it is not a bad effort for a first time director. The only person I feel sorry for is Zac Efron work with me. He has been trying different roles to get away from his pretty boy, pin up reputation.
Some good, some forgettable. He has also been trying out some different screen personas others would say he was attempting to act. He is not a great actor but he has star quality and he should let it shine. Ros saw this film as a guest of Limelight Cinemas.