Watched a fun little rom-com tonight. I was surfing Netflix yesterday to see what had been added, and saw When We First Met in the New Releases section. Netflix original, has Adam Devine in it. Worst case, it's an hour and a half I never get back. Right? Fortunately, the movie turned out to be a pretty good time-waster. Love it when that happens!
Basically, it's a new romantic comedy version of Groundhog Day and Mr. Destiny. Boy meets girl, falls in love with girl. She friend-zones him and three years later, he's pining like a lovesick idiot. He goes back to a photo booth where he and girl shared some photos, and after wishing for the opportunity to be the guy that she would fall in love with, he's whisked back to the morning they meet, three years prior. Various schemes don't work and he finds himself back at the photo booth resetting his day time and time again. Pretty standard time-travel genie-in-a-bottle fare, but it was delivered nicely.
Adam Devine as the lead is still a weird choice for me. Don't get me wrong–I like him. I just haven't decided if he's leading man material. I guess watching this film and liking it shows me he is capable of carrying a movie so maybe I have decided. Adam Devine is a leading man. Ha! As Noah, he has to put on some different hats as the movie progresses. Trying to figure out the perfect way to win over Avery, the girl of his dreams (played by Alexandra Daddario), means he ends up going town a few different paths. A douchebag with frosted tips to an overweight business guy, he runs the gamut in hopes of making Avery fall madly in love with him and not with Ethan (played by the not Green Arrow Amell brother). Turns out no matter how much Noah tries to win her over, Avery and Ethan are drawn together. Time and time again, without fail, they find each other.
But that doesn't make for much romance in the rom-com, now does it? Fortunately, we have Avery's best friend Carrie in the film! Turns out she's there the whole time and helps Noah find the path he truly needs to be on. She's played by Shelley Hennig, a lady I've never seen in film before. Apparently she's been in a couple things, but nothing I've seen. Regardless, she plays the role well. The disenchanted friend, the angry friend, the weak friend are all there. As Noah goes through his different iterations trying to win over Avery, Carrie is there every step of the way, changed each time like how Noah is. Spoiler alert: Noah is supposed to get with Carrie. Maybe Avery will not fall in love with Ethan in one of the alternate realities, right? Nah. Noah and Carrie are the rom-com focal points here. It's neat that we learn how Carrie is so much more suited to Noah in each reality he ends up in. Avery kind of stays the same each time so of course Noah is initially duped. It's nice when he figures things out and I appreciate that the movie doesn't wrap things up immediately. Bit more struggle, one or two more repeated days first!
There was one part that really made me chuckle. When Noah figures out he's in a time loop, a little montage of him running down the street to "Back In Time" by Huey Lewis And The News happens. It's really fun and is an obvious nod to the best time-travel movie of all time. Overall, the movie was sweet and hit all the right notes. The best friend of Noah was a bit of a wasted character as he isn't quite developed, but then again it's not his movie. I can't remember his name off the top of my head, which kind of shows how important he is to the movie. Anyways, good rom-com with a few chuckle-worthy parts. I'm a sucker for these kinds of films and this is no exception. It's probably a shit movie, but everything is pink though rose-tinted glasses.