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|Originaltitel:||That Awkward Moment|
|Laufzeit:||About 96 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
When Mikeys (Michael B. Jordon) marriage is in ruins, his best buddies Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are of course immediately there for him. By showing him how wonderful single life can be, they want to rebuild the horned Mikey. They follow the motto: fun yes - relationship no! As an unbeatable trio, the friends want to enjoy the New York nightlife to the full from now on. But then everything comes differently than planned: Mikey realizes that he can't take any more pleasure in meaningless affairs, Jason starts to develop feelings for the attractive Ellie (Imogen Poots) and Daniel suddenly sees more in Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis) than just a platonic girlfriend. But the three hide these feelings from each other, which puts them much more at risk than just their friendship…
With his story about a male friendship in New York, Thomas Gormican made it onto the renowned Black List in 2010, which features the best still unfilmed scripts. And so it didn't take long until a studio was found that made the realization of "Forever Single" possible. With some hopeful young stars, among them the two future "Fantastic Four" members Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, as well as the busy Imogen Poots and the former teenager swarm Zac Efron, Gormican was then allowed to make his directorial debut, which in the USA after all was three times his manageable budget again.
The result looks like a male version of "Sex and the City" in many places, with drive-driven Daniel reminiscent of Samantha and Mikey, who longs for a happy family, reminiscent of Charlotte. And Jason seems to have found his counterpart in Ellie to Carrie's Mr. Big. And so the many conversations of the three friends also revolve primarily around superficialities and sex. And as in "Sex and the City" the desire for the great love and a life of trusting togetherness hides beneath the surface, with the three young men revealing more and more their inability to say goodbye to their lives as singles. In the wake of the success of "Sex and the City", HBO had already tried in 2001 to transfer the success formula to a material for men with the series "Mind oft he married Man". But although the series was very true-to-life and witty, the spectators stayed away and after only two short seasons it was over again. The reason for this might be exactly the problem that "Für immer Single" has to fight with.
Because while the ladies from "Sex and the City" became style icons and big city heroines for their fans, the masters of creation, who have to fight with very similar problems, are rather degraded to pathetic sausages. There are indeed some very funny moments in the movie that men can laugh about. But these are not enough to make you buy to be confronted with your emotional shortcomings. Women, on the other hand, don't want to listen to the very obscene conversations of the three friends any more than they want to see what a man comes up with to pee with an erection.
"Forever Single" is not a bad movie. On the contrary. Thomas Gormican wrote some very well observed moments into his script and enriched the whole thing with a lot of humor and a good pinch of metropolitan romance. There one forgives him the one or other flatness quite gladly. The problem with film is finding its target audience. It's not a real teen comedy, although some gags obviously make use of this genre. It's not a real couple romance, and it's certainly not a real men's movie. Rather, the comedy is something in between and therefore seems a little undecided. Nevertheless: if you don't want to be deterred by the very clear language and want to learn more about the love afflictions of male singles from the big city, you will find 90 quite entertaining minutes with sympathetic actors and some atmospheric shots of New York here. And that's enough at the end with a few small compromises for one: Worth seeing!
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