“I don’t know what we do, man.”
“We need to get him a hooker.”
“No, I don’t think so.”
“Yeah, we’ll use a coupon and get him a cheap hooker.”
Perhaps it’s the absolutely dire awfulness of Winter’s Tale that would make anything look like a masterpiece in comparison talking, but Are We Officially Dating?/That Awkward Moment was quite entertaining. In the dumbest way possible.
Officially Dating, the first offering under Focus Features’s ‘new direction’, has been basically critically panned and slammed in the US, mainly revolving around how horrifyingly misogynistic it is. And by god, it is, without a doubt. It’s home to nuggets of lines like “I was going to make you wait, and then I realised, I’m a dude”, and is centered around three man-children who want to avoid commitment and being considerate to the opposite sex as much as possible, but instead end up leading women on, only to totally dump them.
This is where Officially Dating?‘s main issue lies – it’s stuck between being a ‘bros comedy’ of men that just want to have a good time, and a sweet rom com. Despite it’s degrading nature, the parts where it is a bros comedy, with just Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan riffing, are the best, their characters being their laughably stupid selves. The romance, particularly the main one, just feels like it has been manhandled in with a crowbar to try appeal to more people, I guess, but instead it just feels awkward (ha) and unnecessary.
Overall, Are We Officially Dating? is a movie that has lots of laughs in the moment against your better judgement, but it’s incredibly forgettable, so much so that I am struggling to remember things to write about in this review. It’s largely an aimless film, already starting to peter out and lost steam fast before the end of its short, 90 minute runtime, making desperate grabs at events to keep the plot running (Death? Really?) that are pointless and fall flat on their face. The film as a whole seems to be symbolic for its protagonists – confused and scared of commitment.
Are We Officially Dating? receives a wide release starting tomorrow (February 13).
MA (strong sex scene, sexual references, and coarse language), 94 mins.