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Review: When We First Met

A Time-Traveling Love Story

Netflix Original,  When We First Met is a sweet and heartfelt film dealing with time travel and love.

The DUFF’s Ari Sandel directs a script written by John Whittington and starring Adam DeVineAlexandra DaddarioShelley HennigAndrew Bachelor and Robbie Amell


“Noah spends the perfect first night with Avery, the girl of his dreams, but gets relegated to the friend zone. He spends the next three years wondering what went wrong – until he gets the unexpected chance to travel back in time and alter that night – and his fate – over and over again.”


(Spoilers Ahead)

Noah (Adam Devine) is an average joe everyman just trying to get through life who dropped out of a potentially prestigious job for a jazz piano bar gig. On one fateful Halloween night, Noah crosses paths with the beautiful Avery (Alexandra Daddario).  When the two hit it off, Avery ditches her preoccupied friend, the outspoken Carrie (Shelly Henning), and runs off with Noah to his lively piano bar. Sparks seem to fly when the two enter a rustic photobooth.

When Noah takes Avery back to her place, it has all but a foregone conclusion the two will hook up. However, when Noah leans in for a kiss, Avery friend-zones him with a hug. As time goes on, Noah is unable to escape the confinements of the friend-zone and see’s his one true love, Avery, fall head over heels for the much hunkier Ethan (Robbie Amell). When Noah drowns himself in alcohol at Avery and Ethan’s engagement party, Carrie decides to drive the lovesick fool home.

Noah gives Carrie the wrong directions and ends up at his jazz bar, Noah stumbles in, and Carrie leaves him. Noah shuffles his way to the photo booth where he and Avery shared a moment and wishes to go back in time and take the chance he forfeited when he got friend-zoned. Each time Noah travels back in time, he is met with various degrees of improvement but never a full successful change. It doesn’t matter if he becomes the man he thinks Avery wants, or if he becomes wealthy with an excellent cushy job. Things ultimately always end poorly.

The only continual result is Carrie always being there for Noah when he realizes how bad things are with each alternate possibility. When Noah realizes his true feelings are for Carrie and not Avery, he tries to go back in time to even worse results. Noah eventually comes to the realization, that you can’t change fate and that things happen the way they are supposed to.

When Noah replays the events of Halloween night again, he does everything exactly as he did before. The result leading him back to Avery and Ethan’s engagement party where he runs into Carrie, and the two hit it off like they were meant to all along.

Adam Devine brings his over the top comedic prowess to this delightful and romantic film. The film has a powerful message about recognizing the love that is right in front of you and doing everything you can to hold onto it. It’s okay if you don’t end up with the person you want because the person you are meant to be with is always better. Not a bad message for a Valentines Day Netflix release.

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