Sunday, February 18, 2018

Now on Netflix: When We First Met (2018)

When We First Met (2018) - Directed by Ari Sandel; Written by John Whittington; Starring Adam Devine, Alexandria Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Robbie Amell.

By Kenny Howell

You never know what you are going to get with the Netflix originals, but this turned out to be a surprisingly charming romantic comedy starring Adam Devine and Alexandria Daddario.

It's not necessarily groundbreaking in its premise, as it is a little bit Groundhog Day and a tiny little bit Big. The gist is that Devine (Why Him?) plays Noah, a jazz club pianist that is in love with Avery, played by Daddario. When we first see them she is recounting the story at an engagement party of when she first met the love of her life. We see the flashback to when Noah and Avery first met at a party and had a wonderful night together. However, that is Noah's flashback, as hers, which we don't see, is when she met the handsome nice guy Ethan (Robbie Amell) a day later.

Noah doesn't handle that she is getting engaged to Ethan very well and gets rather drunk. Among his stumblings, he goes back to his jazz club where he and Avery spent some time the night the first met. They did a photo booth session together, so Noah jumps in to take some more for old time's sake. However, this time the photo booth sends Noah back in time to the night of the party to see if he can convince Avery that really he is in the one for her.

The movie takes just a couple of trips into the past, it doesn't necessary mine repetition for laughs like Groundhog Day did years ago. It is more concerned with whether the two are even meant for each other, as Noah struggles to gain any ground through his different approaches. I didn't expect where it ends up, but I honestly don't think it needed to go there. Still, for what it is, the cast gets the most out of it and makes it a pleasant little experience on Netflix.

When We First Met is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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