Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Is this officially the same movie?
Which early 2014 Zac Efron movie are you more interested in seeing?
Or this one?
They're the same movie, just released in different countries.
Now, I've seen the same movie get advertised to two entirely different audiences plenty of times before. You know, during the football game, you'll see the version that emphasizes all its action scenes. Then later on, during The Bachelor, you'll see a different ad that plays up the love angle.
But rarely, if ever, have I seen a movie get an entirely different title, as well as different stars played up on the poster.
The explanation is that That Awkward Moment was making the rounds as a script called Are We Officially Dating? For some reason, Australia got to keep that title, while the movie was released in the U.S. as That Awkward Moment. And unlike other foreign re-namings, this one is only Australian, according to Wikipedia.
If I'm an Australian, I'm not sure how to read this. Do I get points for not wanting to buy into a raunchy comedy about three dudes trying to get laid? Or do I lose points for being considered the kind of sap who wants to see Efron and Imogen Poots strolling underneath luscious fall foliage?
Whatever title you give it and whatever way you advertise it, the movie seems to be a dud. It's managed only a 36 Metascore.