One of Netflix’s newest original movies is being called “creepy” by viewers, despite the fact that it’s a full-fledged romantic comedy.
When We First Met stars Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario as Noah and Avery, two strangers who meet one fateful night and have a great time together. But just when Noah thinks she’s interested in him, she tells him she’s not interested in a relationship and get totally friendzoned by her.
Fast forward three years later at Avery’s wedding and Noah discovers a photo booth that lets him travel back in time. The rest of the movie is then about Noah in this Groundhound Day-like scenario where he tries multiple times to rewrite his history with Avery so that he wins her over and doesn’t end up in the friendzone.
While the movie hasn’t dropped on Netflix yet, people are already being highly critical of it, saying that the trailer is choppy and the story is downright creepy:
finally, an answer to the question "what would About Time look like if Domhnall Gleeson weren't charming enough to pull off that inherently kinda creepy premise" https://t.co/HqRp0cmjon— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) January 29, 2018
I’m currently working on my next video essay which covers the Stalking for Love trope in rom-coms. Just in case you thought this plot device had fallen out of favor, this movie comes out next month: https://t.co/bk62tpzJ3p— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) January 30, 2018
Is it just me or with the backdrop of #MeToo and #TimesUp do stories like this just seem creepy instead of the sweetness they're intended to exude? She made her choice, dude, and it wasn't you. Respect it and move on. https://t.co/1tInJ8Ik0q #sorrynotsorry— Danielle Turchiano (@danielletbd) January 29, 2018
So, a guy in the so called “friend zone” decides to travel back in time to lie and manipulate his friend into falling in love with him? That’s not romantic-That’s creepy and wrong.— Kimberly (@kimprobable1) January 29, 2018
No. This doesn't look funny at all. This is just another stupid movie about a guy not appreciating the friendship a woman offers by putting her in the girlfriend zone when she doesn't want to be. Another movie to ignore.— Kaiden Moss (@KaidenMoss) January 29, 2018
Surely the movie didn’t intend to offend anyone, but it definitely makes sense how it could possibly rub people the wrong way, especially in a time of #TimesUp and #MeToo.
When We First Met will drop on Netflix on Feb. 9.