When We First Met (2018)
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 change that night – and his fate – over and over again.
We’ve got another Netflix movie that’s dealing with time travel and douche bags that “learn” the wrong lesson. A “nice guy” became friends with a girl but felt he deserved more so through a magical photo booth he gets lots of do overs. Eventually he realizes that his true love was her friend after all.
This movie made me furious. I’m assuming since it wasn’t funny at all that it was a romance and not a romcom, but this was a shit romance. In Groundhog Day Bill Murray realizes that Andie MacDowell isn’t a prize to be won, he learns how to love himself. In this movie Noah, Adam Devine, does not learn these things. He continues to act like a woman is a prize to be conned into dating him.
After failing to manipulate his way into getting the woman that he felt he deserved he realizes that they don’t work together. Instead of taking that realization and learning from it, learning to live his life and be himself, he decides that he had it wrong all along. The universe wasn’t trying to get him together with Alexandra Daddario it was trying to get him together with her roommate, Shelley Hennig. That is not growth at all.
I absolutely hate the “nice guy” trope. Nobody wants to be with that guy not because they’re “nice” but because they suck. They feel like they deserve a woman for reasons. They put in the work, they were witty and funny and laughed at their jokes, the woman owes them now. At the very least she should put out. Fuck that incel shit.
What the hell is going on at Netflix? Between this movie and Set it Up I have no hope for any future romance releases by them, unless they’re holiday related. Though dear god I hope they don’t fuck up any future holiday releases. Seriously, Netflix get your shit together. Why are you having such a hard time with romance?