‘Meet Cute’ review: A Jagged Rom-Com starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson

in nice meeting, Peacock’s rugged romantic comedy, a girl meets a boy in an untold bar. After a few awkward compliments and an old-fashioned tour, they take their conversation to the lit streets of New York City. Sparks fly. Young people fall into a lustful stupor. They part ways, promising to see each other soon. The next day, the girl meets a boy in the same bar. They throw in compliments but still indulge in a round of drinks. They stumble on the streets. The next day, the girl meets the boy again, and they repeat their first date forever.

This nightmarish scenario is a dream of Sheila (an excellently on-nervous Kaley Cuoco), a depressed neurotic looking for a purpose and a second chance. She finds her during an uncharacteristic trip to the nail salon, where John (Deborah S. Craig), her nail tech, introduces her to a time machine. The device, a misleading purchase by the owner of the establishment, can be mistaken for a tanning bed: it has a white chrome exterior and an ultraviolet interior. But it offers a larger and more enduring transformation.

nice meeting

bottom line

Flashes with probability.

Release date: Wednesday, September 21 (Peacock)
spit: Kaley Cuoco, Pete Davidson, Deborah S. Craig, Harry Nev
Director: Alex Lyman
screenwriter: Pnueli . Nougat

1 hour 29 minutes

nice meetingDirected by Alex Lehmann and written by Noga Pnueli, it embraces the visualization of time travel films such as hard day To concoct a love story that reaches the point of affection Eternal sunshine for a clean mind. The film’s emotional resonance is supposed to come from watching Sheila and Gary (Pitt Davidson), an unlikely couple, try to change the way they remember each other — at first in superficial ways, then in more profound ways. But the overemphasis on the mechanics of Sheila’s temporal harm leaves little room for understanding these lovebirds enough to root them out.

first verb nice meeting It consists entirely of first dates of Sheila and Gary. We meet her, and gaze longingly at Gary from across the room, at the beginning of what is technically Date Seven. She is aware of their exchange lines, armed with the knowledge of how their evening will end. She knows the jokes Gary, a freelance web designer, will make when they stop in front of the East Village Indian restaurant cadre; What will order which wine will he enjoy? And the stories he would tell her. Routine and predictability relax until they are not. Over the course of the sequence (almost a year of dates), we see Sheila getting increasingly frustrated and bored with her lover.

But Sheila resists changing her situation, to let the schedule run on its own. She returns to the nail salon after every appointment, and a trapped woman refuses to give up. Coco (hostess) is a near-perfect sheila; The actress elicits the fear that fuels Sheila’s obsessive enthusiasm for the night and her choices. It’s the fear that her depression will come back, the fear that Gary won’t love her as much as he loves her on the first date, and the fear of feeling anything other than temporary euphoria. This fear, along with her inability to relinquish control, leads Sheila to take even more drastic action: To relieve her of Gary’s most frustrating trait, she decides to leap away into the past and resolve. for him shock.

This is the place nice meeting It loses some of its momentum and foundation, resulting in a second act that is often baffling and forgettable. In the process of trying to fix Gary, Sheila (and thus us, the viewers) lose the plot. Her motives became more blurry and less understandable. Her dates with Gary, who tells her about her time travel, burden her with predictability. Their dates are snappy, ending with explosive arguments and a confused Gary always turning away. Much could have been resolved if the scenario had spent more time with Sheila and explained her mental health struggles. Instead, her depression has been relegated to obscure monologues and aesthetic shortcuts — choppy bangs and fashion choices that highlight vulgar candor — that keep us very close to the surface. It also doesn’t help that as the film heads toward its emotional climax, Coco and Davidson’s partnership comes across as more fraternal than romance, with the former feeling more like a big sister than a fiery lover in a stormy relationship.

Despite its flaws, nice meeting Shimmer with potential. The movie contains pockets of charming moments, making it easy to see what the directors were trying to achieve. There’s something seductive about taking back the honeymoon period of any relationship, going back to the moment when the passion caught on, but it’s not those early days or feelings that create a winning or lasting romance. nice meeting He takes his own inventive path to a familiar conclusion: love, like more complex puzzles, takes time.

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