When We First Met: Photo Booth Time Travels

This is not the kind of movie I’d be watching, but Netflix is good with their “suggested for you” section.

So here it is.

It started at an engagement party, where Noah (Adam DeVine) was looking at Avery (Alexandra Daddario) lovingly while she was talking about how she first met her fiancé, who was actually Ethan (Robbie Amell).

Three years ago, a day before Avery met Ethan, she met Noah first. They had a magical, platonic on Avery’s side, night, and Noah believed that if he’d kissed Avery that night, he’d be the one engaged to her now instead of Ethan.

Drunk at Avery’s engagement party, Noah ended up being driven home by Carrie (Shelley Hennig), Avery’s roommate. But instead of going home, he asked her to take him to a bar where he and Avery went to on the first day they met.

There, Noah went into the phone booth that he and Avery went in three years ago, and started wishing that he could go back in time and become the man Avery wanted.

The phone booth took Noah back in time to the day he and Avery met, which was Halloween three years back, so that Noah could redo their first night.

And when things didn’t go the way Noah wanted, he kept going back to the photo booth and turn back time.

The first time he traveled back in time, he was thought of as a stalker.

The second time, Noah tried to be a womanizer and ended up sleeping with Avery. However, their relationship never went past sexual, and Avery still found herself attracted to Ethan.

Afterwards, Noah tried to be a stable and dependable man for Avery. They ended up together, and Noah became a workaholic who could provide the world for Avery but time. In the end, Avery still fell for Ethan.

So Noah went back again, to get Avery and Ethan together because he realized that they belonged together. And he realized that he and Carrie, no matter in which timeline, always shared the realest moments. However, in this timeline, Carrie ended up rejecting him.

In the end, Noah went back in time and did everything exactly the way it went the first time they met.

And he waited for his chance to be with Carrie this time.

I have to say, my favorite part in this story is Carrie, not just because I love Shelley Hennig, but because her character has been, exactly how her moments with Noah were, real.

This movie is harmless, which is why I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching it. I didn’t look through it too much because I saw this as one of those movies anyone could watch without feeling annoyed.

The message is something I adore, that some things are just meant to be, and one needs to accept that. Noah had to learn the hard way that no matter how many times he went back in time to win over Avery, she still ended up with Ethan. And that sometimes, what one needs is right in front of him. Because Carrie has always been there for Noah, and it took him few alternate timelines to see it.

I honestly would recommend this movie to anyone who’s bored and in desperate need for a harmless entertainment.

This movie is a 6/10, and that is pretty good.



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