Ari Sandel

When We First Met (2018)

When We First Met (2018)

Director:

Ari Sandel

Starring:

Adam Devine

Alexandra Daddario

Shelley Hennig

Plot:

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.

Review:

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?

1/5

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The Duff (2015)

The Duff

The Duff (2015)

Director:

Ari Sandel

Starring:

Mae Whitman

Bella Thorne

Robbie Amell

Plot:

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts.

Review:

Honestly I’m really pushing it renting movies I’m interested in seeing. Right now there’s not much at Red Box I want to see, I’ve also seen most of the good stuff on Netflix and Amazon too. So if I have a passing interest in it I’m renting it for this blog. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-watching a lot of favorites in my future.

It’s been so much longer than I realized since I’ve been in high school.

I think that might be the most awkward montage I’ve ever seen. Period. It was impossible to watch. So many awkward moments in this film that I found parts of it difficult to watch because of that, still I got into it and laughed several times.

Really liked Robbie Amell’s character. He wasn’t trying to change Whitman’s character he was trying to focus her. I liked that. In She’s All That Freddie Prinz Jr. changes his girl, Amell just tries to bring who she really is to the front. He was a clueless dick sometimes, mainly at the beginning of the movie.

Ultimately Whitman’s character discovers for herself who she is, but she wouldn’t have gotten there without him or her friends and mom.

The Duff brought back memories of being a silly teenage girl, watching goofy high school movies, so I enjoyed it.

3.5/5