So, firstly I’d like to start off by mentioning that the cast for this film is amazing. Adam Devine can make an extremely shitty scene seem hilarious. I loved and adored his character, even though it was predominantly flawed.
When We First Met, revolves around Noah (Adam Devine) who is head over heels in love with Avery (Alexandra Daddario) and though it’s adorable and super cute, it kind of gets old as the movie progresses. That being said though When We First Met falls in the renowned ‘rom-com’ genre. But, it feels like a breath of fresh air in a slowly dying category.
After spending an absolutely perfect first night with Avery, Noah realizes that she’s not into him. In short, she just wants to be friends. So, he never tells her how he really feels. Three years later on the same day, she’s getting engaged. Noah figures out a way to travel back in time (duh) and attempts to redo that fateful night to make her fall for him — over and over again. Now that might seem a bit strange if you’re like, wow, the guy really can’t take rejection! But there is something to be said about Noah’s resilience though.
He never tries to blame Avery, he just takes the road of self-improvement instead and while that’s adorable at the moment, it’s also a bit extreme. When you turn down someone, you want them to gracefully accept the rejection and move on, maybe be friends. Noah doesn’t do that.
The emphasis on the “friend-zone” also seems a bit strained. The term indicates that it’s somehow the rejecting party’s fault when in reality if people don’t vibe they just don’t and it’s nobody’s fault. It also seems to be some sort of bottomless pit that you need to get out of.
But most relationships start with friendship. If people jumped into dating without a foundation, well, most relationships would end or they’d fall out or just realize that they really aren’t compatible. Noah doesn’t ever consider that.
He always moves backward and tries to make Avery fall for him and attempts to stay away from anything friendly.
Despite its flaws, When We First Met is a movie you’ll love. It’s never boring with Adam Devine’s endless array of hilarious expressions and his quirky brand of humor will leave you in stitches more often than not. The other actors, Alexandra Daddario, Robbie Amell, Shelley Hennig also play their roles above what I expected from the script. Go stream it, if you’re a softie at heart (like me), you will melt.