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When We First Met is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Ari Sandel, written by John Whittington and starring Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario, Andrew Bachelor and Robbie Amell. It was released worldwide on Netflix on February 9, 2018.[1]

When We First Met
When We First Met.png
Film release poster
Directed by Ari Sandel
Produced by
Written by Josh Whittington
Music by Eric V. Hachikian
Cinematography David Hennings
Edited by Jeffrey Wolf
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English



During Avery Martin's (Alexandra Daddario) engagement party, Noah Ashby (Adam DeVine) recalls his and Avery's first meeting during a Halloween party three years earlier and is sad to see her engaged to perfect Ethan (Robbie Amell) instead of him. Drunk and being driven home by Avery's photographer roommate Carrie Grey (Shelley Hennig), Noah admits he is secretly in love with Avery but, on the night they met, Avery only saw him as a good friend and met Ethan the next day.

Carrie deposits him with Max (Andrew Bachelor), his successful vice president best friend, at the piano bar where Noah works. Noah drunkenly uses the photo booth where he and Avery shared a moment and falls asleep. He awakens in his bed and soon discovers he has traveled back in time to the day he met Avery. Noah tries to re-do their meeting, using his knowledge of her to his advantage, but Carrie, whom he met earlier and claimed he knew her and Avery well, comes home early and the two deduce he is a stalker and attack him. He wakes up back in the present thinking it was only a dream, but when he goes to Avery's house he realizes he is repeating the day of Avery's engagement party, but this time she recognizes him as the stalker from three years ago. Noah realizes he can use the photo booth to go back in time to re-do their meeting and will wake up to the consequences three years later.

Noah goes back a second time and seeks Max's help impressing Avery. Max convinces him to be a rude and cynical alpha male, and while Avery is initially disgusted by his attitude, she is aroused during their argument and they end up having sex. Noah wakes up in the present and learns that he and Avery's relationship is unrequited and, for Avery, is purely sexual while she and Carrie are part of an exercise group with Ethan. Noah learns from Carrie that Avery is attracted to stable and dependable men, and Noah goes back a third time. He asks Max, still a low-ranking employee at the company, to ask his boss for a job for him and then acts kinder and more maturely during his first meeting with Avery. He wakes up to find himself engaged to Avery, living a wealthy lifestyle, and is the successful vice president of the company. However, he learns that he and Max have become work enemies, is a workaholic that neglects Avery and has abandoned his piano hobbies, and, despite Ethan switching roles with him during his engagement party, Avery still loves Ethan more than him. While confiding in Carrie, Noah realizes Ethan and Avery are meant to be together and how he and Carrie end up learning more about each other in every alternate present.

Noah goes back in time, this time bringing Ethan with him to the party to meet Avery while he spends time with Carrie. Noah learns that the things he likes about Avery is because of Carrie's influence on her. He also learns that "Doctor Jello-Shot," the man Carrie is seen kissing in all alternate pasts, is her ex-boyfriend with whom she is having an unstable breakup with. He shares a photo booth round with Avery, Carrie, and Ethan and wakes up in the present. He learns that Avery and Ethan are engaged, but Carrie ended up leaving him to return to her ex-boyfriend, only for them to break up. Noah goes to Avery and Carrie's house and finds out that, since Avery and Ethan met a day earlier, their engagement party was the day before, and Carrie is off to a date. She rejects Noah's pleas to try again and leaves. Noah tries to return to the photo booth, but finds a modern replacement in its place. Ethan and Avery arrive in the piano bar and inform him that they bought the old photo booth for him years ago, and Noah realizes he initially met Carrie through Avery, and he goes back and replays his meeting with Avery the original way.

He wakes up to the original present, this time happy for Ethan and Avery during their engagement party. He and Carrie spend time together and decide to leave the party. A photo montage follows of Noah and Carrie's relationship.



In May 2016 Ari Sandel was reported to direct the film from a script by John Whittington and Adam DeVine, while producers on the film would be Adam Saunders of Footprint Features, Mason Novick of MXN Entertainment, with Mary Viola and McG of Wonderland Sound and Vision.[2]

Principal photography on the film began in mid-July 2016 in New Orleans.[4][5]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 33% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10.[6] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[7]

Filmink praised the characters for being "not only well cast but change organically through the story; there are no big corny dialogue rom-com turning points, and the characters develop gradually, you know, like normal humans do."[8]

The Daily Caller's David Hookstead gave the film a positive review and wrote in part, "Daddario was excellent, it was a fun idea, and Devine crushed it. Plus it’s interesting to think about what we would do if we found ourselves in the same situation." He further went on to praise Devine, calling him a "rare talent."[9]

Decider's Lea Palmieri wrote: "Devine's ability to be charming and endearing shouldn't be underestimated here, and you'll be rooting for him before you know it",[10] whilst Age of the Nerd exclaimed that he "carries the whole movie on his shoulders with perfection."[11]


  1. ^ a b "Watch Adam Devine get friend-zoned by Alexandra Daddario in 'When We First Met' trailer". Retrieved 9 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (May 6, 2016). "Adam Devine & Alexandra Daddario Will Reminisce About 'When We First Met'". Deadline. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2016-08-04). "Shelley Hennig Joins 'When We First Met'; Stephen Root Cast In 'Three Christs'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2016). "'The DUFF' Actor Robbie Amell to Co-Star with Adam Devine in 'When We First Met' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ Scott, Mike (July 11, 2016). "Adam DeVine's 'When We First Met' to shoot in New Orleans". NOLA. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "How We First Met (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  7. ^ "How We First Met Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  8. ^ Mansfield, Jessica. "When We First Met". FilmInk. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  9. ^ Hookstead, David (February 11, 2018). "Netflix's 'When We First Met' Is A Surprisingly Fun Time". The Daily Caller. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  10. ^ Palmieri, Lea (February 9, 2018). "'When We First Met' Is 'Happy Death Day' For Relationships". Decider. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  11. ^ Teja, Ravi (February 15, 2018). "Adam DeVine Shines in the Netflix Original 'When We First Met'". Age of the Nerd. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 

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