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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, Shelley Hennig, 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. 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]


The film received mostly negative reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 39% based on 18 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]

Brian Tallerico of awarded the film two stars out of four, saying "It's like being at a crowded restaurant and eavesdropping on the same bad first date over and over and over again. You'd probably want to move tables." [8] David Ehrlich of Indiewire gave the film a D+ rating, saying "It’ll take you roughly five minutes to realize that Noah is going about things the wrong way; it’ll take him more than 90."[9] Katie Walsh of The Los Angeles Times gave the film a more positive review, saying "This watered-down rom-com doesn't fully deliver but it's a diverting twist on the genre nonetheless"[10]

In contrast, Adam Devine received immense praise for his leading role as Noah. ‘’The Daily Caller’’'s David Hookstead wrote that DeVine “crushed it” and “once again proved that he’s a rare talent.” [11]. ‘’Decider’’ 's Lea Palmeri 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”, [12] whilst ‘’Age of the Nerd’’ exclaimed that he “carries the whole movie on his shoulders with perfection.”[13]


  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 May 8, 2018. 
  7. ^ "How We First Met Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  8. ^ Tallerico, Brian. "When We First Met". Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  9. ^ Ehrlich, David (February 8, 2018). "'When We First Met' Review: Adam DeVine's Awful Netflix Comedy Is a 'Groundhog Day' About a Guy Stuck in the Friend Zone". Indiewire. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  10. ^ Walsh, Katie (February 8, 2018). "The diverting rom-com 'When We First Met' zigs when you expect a zag". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  11. ^ Hookstead, David (February 11, 2018). "Netflix's "When We First Met" is a Surprisingly Fun Time". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  12. ^ Palmeri, Lea (February 9, 2018). "'When we First Met' is 'Happy Death Day' for Relationships". Decider. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 
  13. ^ Teja, Ravi (February 15, 2018). "Adam DeVine Shines In the Netflix Original 'When We First Met'". Age of the Nerd. Retrieved June 5, 2018. 

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