Groundhog Day by way of Fifty First Dates, When We First Met takes the bitterly friend-zoned “nice guy” archetype to revolting, supernatural new lows. Arriving on Netflix next month, the high-concept rom-com sees Noah (Adam DeVine) heartbroken over the newly-engaged Avery (Alexandra Daddario), who rebuffed his sexual advances when they met at a costume party three years prior. And unfortunately for her, Noah’s creepy, already frightening obsession is about to get fantastically more horrific.
Revisiting to the locales of their first and only not-even-a-date, our thoroughly unlikable protagonist enters some kind of magical, misogynist photo booth that doesn’t believe in letting women make informed decisions about consent. It sends Noah back to the night of his first meeting with Avery—and it keeps sending him back as many times as he wants, allowing Noah to continually tweak his behavior in the hope of finally manipulating his victim into loving him.
Will this delusional maniac finally work out the perfect con job? Will he learn that, in the end, being true to himself is the only way to truly earn love? Or will someone just tell this dude that she’s not attracted to him, so accept that and do absolutely any of the productive, mind-blowing things anyone with a healthy brain would do when transported back to 2014. Like, at least mine some Bitcoin or something.
We’ll find out when When We First Met arrives February 9.