If you could go back and change one thing about your life, would you?
When Sheila (Kaley Cuoco) walks into a bar one night and meets Gary (Pete Davidson), she is instantly smitten with him. He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a partner and after spending a magical time together exploring the streets of New York City, she doesn’t want to let him go. So she doesn’t. Because Sheila has been going back in time, twenty four hours to be exact, for who awhile now. Having found a time machine in the back of a nail salon, Sheila believes that if she uses it, she can fix the imperfections about Gary while also dealing with her own.
The premise of Meet Cute is an interesting one. The Groundhog Day trope is not new, but it is one that has always fascinated me. I was excited to see how Sheila and Gary would develop their relationship over the span of seemingly one night and, mainly, the reasoning behind it all. Unfortunately the execution did not turn out as well as I had anticipated.
As the film goes on, the audience learns more about Sheila, but not as much about Gary. We understand that she has been using the time machine at first for one night, then one week later and then three months etc. The layers are peeled back and there is more than meets the eye here. Sheila has a dark past that she doesn’t want to deal with anymore, but instead of wanting to fix it, she digs herself deeper.
There is no change to the various dates that Sheila goes on with Gary. The conversation remains the same and they do more or less the same types of activities too. What started off as cute and endearing quickly turns boring. I kept wondering when that light would go on in her head that made her realize she had more to live for.
I appreciated the strong moral of the story being that while we all have emotional baggage, that is what makes us us and if we try to change it, we change who we are as individuals. With such a profound sentiment, you’d think it would be at the forefront. Because it wasn’t, it didn’t come together well enough.
Meet Cute isn’t a bad movie by any means. I just feel like it was trying to be two different things and it never really came together.