when we first met

Netflix original movie the perfect pick-me-up

Mar 13 • Arts & Leisure • 718

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BENJAMIN HAYLETT
staff writer

Have you ever wanted to go back to a point in time and change what you did?
The repercussions of what would happen if this wish came true are expressed in one of the latest Netflix Originals, “When We First Met,” starring Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario.
In “When We First Met,” Noah, played by Devine, is beside himself as the love of his life, Avery, played by Daddario, is marrying someone else.
In Noah’s mind, on the night he met Avery, she put him in the “friend zone,” and for years he has been trying to make her see him as more than just a friend.
On the night of Avery’s engagement party, Noah returns to the location of their first date and enters a photo booth to sit down and wallow in self-pity.
As it would turn out, the photo booth is secretly a time machine that takes him back to the exact day he met Avery.
Noah then uses this opportunity to get a do over on his and Avery’s first encounter, and maybe change their future together.
Following the precedent he set in the “Pitch Perfect” films, Devine steals the show in every scene he is in.
He truly is an everyman that people can relate to and moves the story in a way that keeps the audience engaged.
That being said, the movie is a decently short length at just over an hour and a half, so it’s a good one to just throw on and enjoy.
As with most romantic comedy movies, “When We First Met” is anything but cerebral.
It is a lighthearted “chick flick” that you can just sit back and shut off your brain with for a bit.
The premise of wanting to repeat the past is the central force that drives “When We First Met,” but the notion that things happen for a reason plays a large role in the overall character arc of Noah.
Sometimes we take what we have around us for granted and “When We First Met” is a call to everyone to stop and look around at what we have before it slips away.
The best way I can describe this movie is cute.
It blends moments of comedy reminiscent of the cringeworthy comedy of “The Office” with elements of genuine heart, leaving you feeling really good when you finish the movie.
If you are in need of a pick-me -up at any time in the upcoming weeks then you definitely need to give “When We First Met” a watch.

BENJAMIN HAYLETT
haylett001@knights.gannon.edu

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