Are We Officially Dating, or That Awkward Moment as it's titled in practically every other county, follows the story of Jason (Zac Efron) a young man who's just been dumped by a girl he didn't even realise he was going out with. His two best friends, Daniel (Miles Teller) and Mickey (Michael B. Jordan) are also recently single. The three make a pact to all remain single, but when Jason meets a young woman, Ellie (Imogen Poots), things don't go to plan.
The film tries to be your not-so-typical-rom-com, but ends up being your typical rom-com. Are We Officially Dating sets itself up to be, and for the entirety of the film thinks it is, something more than just a clichéd, unoriginal and predictable rom-com that girls can take their dates to for Valentines Day, but the final version of the film becomes just that. I give it credit for trying, but it doesn't quite try hard enough. The fact that it came out the day before Valentine's Day also didn't give it much hope to be anything more than recycled junk we've already seen.
There's only a few laughs to be found amongst all the so-called "serious moments". The trailer, oddly enough, got me laughing, but unfortunately they were nearly all the jokes in the film. The film begun with a strong first act. It was fairly funny and features a hilarious, but again recycled, situation where one character is mistaken for a prostitute. Done before? Yes. Still funny? Yeah, it's reasonably funny. As the film transpires down into its second and the third acts, the comedy seems to disappear and the film turns itself from a reasonably funny comedy to a boring romance.
The film is a major step back for Michael B. Jordan. Both him and Miles Teller starred in two of my favourite films of 2013, Fruitvale Station (Jordan) and The Spectacular Now (Teller). Michael B. Jordan begun his career by proving he's a fantastic actor and so when I saw that he was to be in this movie I was at least hoping it would be half decent. Unfortunately it seems like this is his first dodgy movie, and undoubtably not his final. Miles Teller's films on the other hand, can go either way. His filmography is all over the place, he's done some amazing films and he's also done some not so amazing films such as this.
To sum up, Are We Officially Dating tries very hard to be more than how it turns out, but after a reasonably funny first act the film spirals down into average acting, a dull story and overused romance clichés.
2 1/2 Stars