Box Office Battlefield: ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Labor Day’

Box Office Battlefield 'That Awkward Moment' and 'Labor Day'

The weekend warriors starting January 31, 2014 includes That Awkward Moment and Labor Day. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Ride Along ripped apart I, Frankenstein and left the genre mash up in pieces. It will be a big weekend outing for the ladies looking to get a glimpse of shirtless Zac Efron in action.

Will Kevin Hart and Ice Cube make it a three-peat? Will the world succumb to a bunch of bros being bros? Or will Jason Reitman sneak in for the win? Fawkward. This is the Box Office Battlefield:

That Awkward Moment Title Movie Logo

That Awkward Moment (Rated R) 94 min – (Directed by Tom Gormican) Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots.

Synopsis: Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 23% • Audience – 58%

Although it is reasonably funny, That Awkward Moment fails to be anything new or refreshing. It’s a bro version of any Katherine Heigl movie you’ve seen before. Riddled in cliches and an over abundance of penis jokes, TAM has zero substance and is highly forgettable. RENT IT! (Read my full review)

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Labor Day (Rated PG-13) 111 min – (Directed by Jason Reitman) Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, and Clark Gregg

Synopsis: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 32% • Audience – 63%

If you wanted a Nicholas Sparks movie with big name actors this is it. With all of the cheese and brain scratching character motivations included. The performances are good, however appearances by James Van Der Beek and Tobey Maguire are really off-putting. It’s not at all terrible, but you really, really have to believe in the power of love in order to let this story touch any part of your heart, otherwise you’ll find this to be the silliest movie ever. RENT IT!

Ride Along has reached the end of the road. Despite its good run, moviegoers want something new, and That Awkward Moment offers something new for both male and female adult audiences. Although the movie isn’t the greatest, and the fact that its rated R, will not allow the film to make that much cash, but the draw of Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan has its merits. Labor Day has good star power, but not enough good word of mouth to have people buzzing, especially since it didn’t land and Oscar nods. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:

Winner: That Awkward Moment

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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