meet cute I want to do many things at once. Premiering exclusively on Peacock this week, the film is part manic time-travel adventure, playful romantic comedy, and serious commentary on the turmoil of romantic relationships. If that sounds like too much to do, and no less within the span of 89 minutes, that’s why. But thanks to the performances of the game’s protagonists, meet cute It comes to the point where it pulls off that unique tonal gambit.
Unfortunately, the film’s attempt to blend screwball comedy with heartfelt romanticism often seems corny rather than inspired.Behind the camera, director Alex Lehmann does not bring meet cute‘s disparate emotional and comedic elements come together, and the film should ultimately be able to discuss serious topics like depression in the same order it throws in a series of slapstick costume gags. It lacks the tone control that it has.
meet cuteThe failure to add anything of real value to the romantic-comedy genre is made more disappointing by how promising it starts. marmot dayThe movie’s two main characters, Sheila (Flight attendantKaley Cuoco) and Gary (Pete Davidson, last seen in the Gen Z thriller) body, body, body), meet cute The wise thing is not to waste too much time before throwing the necessary wrench into your own story.
In this case, a complex wrench meet cuteThe plot of is a tanning bed that allows users to travel to any point in the past as little as 24 hours. The machine is kept in the back room of a nail salon owned by no-nonsense June (Deborah S. Craig), who entered Cuoco’s Sheila’s orbit one fateful day. A brief flashback reveals how June introduced Sheila to the time machine, and it soon becomes clear that the first date was opened from that point on. meet cute It wasn’t exactly what it looked like. At least not for Sheila, who quickly and cheerfully speaks to Gary early on. meet cute Using June’s time machine, she began to relive the magical first date over and over again.
Her confession to Gary meet cute It takes advantage of Sheila’s tendency to overshare and throw caution to the wind to speed up any necessary exposition, but Cuoco maximizes her character’s tense energy by chewing on every line she’s given. In fact, it doesn’t take long for Sheila’s manic energy to go bad, but Cuoco’s devastating performance slowly proves to be the only thing that’s likable about it. . meet cute I am aiming for it.
Opposite Cuoco, Davidson feels miscast as Gary, a shy and reserved graphic designer. As the other half of the film’s central pair, Davidson can match Cuoco’s contagious ludicrous energy. meet cute‘s more outwardly comedic moments, but he struggles to sell Gary’s handful of emotional outbursts. The whole thing is weakened by prophecy that is too heavy.
It’s a shame, considering the scene in question could be one of the few true surprises in a movie that takes a more predictable journey than the time-travel premise leads you to believe. For example, before meet cute Telling Sheila how her own fear of disappointment prevents her from truly exploring a relationship with him, and the discussion that follows that admission feels suffocatingly overwritten.
The film’s breakneck pacing also prevents us from exploring Sheila’s backstory as deeply as it should be.The same is true in many cases meet cuteoften introduces some compelling ideas and genre subversions in order to tell a safer and more predictable story, only to abandon them.
The movie ultimately evolves much like the date at its center. It’s not even Cuoco’s charming, fearless performance, as its fragile lead is strong enough to add cohesiveness. meet cuteA lot of half-hearted detours. A movie, in other words, is one date you don’t have to worry about skipping.
meet cute will premiere exclusively on Peacock on Friday, September 23rd.