Director: Ari Sandel
Cast: Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Robbie Amell, Shelly Hennig, King Bach
Runtime: 1hr and 37mins.
When We First Met, a new Netflix rom-com released for Valentines Day, is a chick flick that even guys can get into due to its humor and source material. Noah (Adam Devine) has been in love with his dream girl, Avery (Alexandra Daddario) ever since they first met at a Halloween party 3 years ago. Unfortunately, he’s been trapped in the dreaded friend zone ever since, and now Avery is engaged to her boyfriend, Ethan (Robbie Amell) whom she met the day after the party.
Through a series of events, Noah stumbles across a time machine, which happens to be the very photo booth he and Avery used the night they met. Using it transports him back in time 3 years, to the day of the party. At the end of the night he’s transported back to the present and whatever new choices were made change the course of history. Noah realizes he has been given unlimited chances to go back in time to win the heart of his perfect girl.
When We First Met is not original at all; essentially mixing the concepts of Groundhog Day and Back to the Future into a romantic comedy. At this point, it seems like pretty much anything can be turned into a time machine: a car, hot tub, and now a photo booth. It’s never explained how the time machine works, however it seems that once you take pictures in the booth, if you return at a later date, you can travel back to the day the original pictures were taken (it doesn’t really matter honestly).
Despite the lack of originality, the movie is still a fun time. For maximum enjoyment I would steer clear of the trailer before watching the movie, as it does spoil most of the funnier scenes in my opinion.
If you’re a fan of Adam Devine and his sense of humor you will enjoy this movie. Similar to Groundhog Day, much of the entertainment comes from watching all of Noah’s failed attempts at making Avery fall for him and what the results are 3 years later.
The story is fairly standard, but there are a couple good twists. Noah also learns some valuable lessons along the way that honestly aren’t bad for anyone dating to take to heart.
When We First Met won’t win any awards, but it is worth adding to your Netflix playlist for a fun movie night at home.