Released this valentine, a romantic comedy film “When we first met”, directed by Ari Sandel and written by John Whittington, starring Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Andrew Bachelor and Robbie Amell.
Noah (Adam) a young guy who thinks he has found the perfect girl when he bumps into the beautiful and pretty Avery (Alexandra Daddario) at a Halloween party. Noah instantly falls head over heels in love with her. Unfortunately for Adam, Avery doesn’t share the same feelings, she just wants to be friends and nothing more.
Three years since that first meeting, and Noah still has the same feelings for her, but Avery has moved on with her life, as she makes an announcement on her engagement day that she is going to get married to Ethan. Noah is shell-shocked with the news, however, all is not lost, because he accidentally learns that the photo booth, he and Avery joked about in on their first meeting, is actually a time machine. Drunk on their engagement day he narrates the complete story to Carrie about how he first met Avery, how he got friend-zoned and what he feels about her, and most humoorus is how, when he was almost about move forward to kiss her and she winds up huging him, hahhahahahah! that background war scene depicting his failure is awesome, as he was expecting to begin his love story but all his hope gets doomed as she calls him a nice male friend.
So he uses the magic photo booth to travel back in time over and over again, to the time of their first date, hoping he might convince Avery to fall in love with him. Alas! the more times he tries, the more he totally screws up his chances with her. Every time he went back to the time he tries mint methods to hook her either by taking help of Carrie or Max, Noah’s best friend from business school, but amusingly comitts a new folly in oder to make the things better. He even finds the reason why isn’t she loves him and explore that Ethan is a type of a guy every girl would love to marry because he is well settled and has a security for future too, he is handsome, intelligent and rich. So he for the last time when goes back to the time almost establishes himself as a guy of Avery’s dream and as about to see himself marrying her, but he realised that its hard to get a good position easily and he also gets little hurt when Sam tells him that Noah duped him for he has been trying hard for three years to be the vice president but Noah just grabbed it merely travelling into the past, so, he drops this idea too, winding up having a relationship with Carrie.
The excessive exaggeration in the movie and peculiar rom-com cliches made it way too much monotonous, except a pretty nice dialogue by Max, Noah’s friend, “Fate is a tricky lady, more you mess with her, more you get confused”. There is a scene in which Noah unintentionally almost flashes himself in front of Avery and her friend Carrie. That scene, by the way, is supposed to be funny. In another scene, the movie basically implies that all that a man has to do to have sex with a woman is act like a ‘soft a**hole’. In another one of Noah’s time-travelling adventures, we are told that a woman will decide to be with you, even if she secretly loves someone else, if you leave a profession in music to bag a well-paid white collar corporate job.Such horrible and highly sexist assumptions are the fatal flaws which destroy a film which otherwise could have been a great movie.
This film won’t ruin your day, but it won’t add anything to it — and that might be the greatest sin of them all. Adam DeVine perfectly portrayed his character, Noah, throughout all of his varying elements and seeing a new, adaptive side of him is what made his talent praise worthy.
Rating- 2.5/5 Stars
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