The Pitch: It’s a story as outdated as time: Gary (Pete Davidson) and Sheila (Kaley Cuoco) meet at a bar, and it’s principally love at first sight. She notices him as a result of he’s the one one within the bar not watching the Large Sport. He notices her as a result of she’s humorous, witty, sudden, and just a little kooky; their droll senses of humor bounce off one another like electrical energy. As their evening goes from bar to restaurant to sluggish walks and talks alongside the riverside, it looks like their moment-one spark is just too good to be true.
Nicely, that is likely to be as a result of it’s: It doesn’t take lengthy for Sheila to fess as much as the truth that their spontaneous assembly wasn’t so spontaneous: She’s lived this evening dozens of instances earlier than, because of a magical tanning machine in a close-by nail salon that zaps you again 24 hours in time.
Assembly Gary at a weak time in her life and feeling that spark, she’s determined to make use of the magical mattress to get this primary date with Gary good, regardless of what number of journeys it takes. However the extra she tries, the additional she will get from the proper man she needs — till she decides to vary the previous to mildew him to perfection.
Will You Nonetheless Love Me Tomorrow? In some methods, the title of Peacock’s Meet Cute is a little bit of a misnomer. Certain, the primary act of director Alex Lehmann’s newest presents a novel spin on the titular rom-com trope: What if somebody tried to recapture the spontaneity of a meet-cute again and again, simply to get it proper?
However as Noga Pnueli’s screenplay (which made it to the 2018 Black Listing) unfurls alongside its straightforward, charming path, it makes an fascinating pivot to that different well-worn romantic sentiment: I can repair him. And that’s the place the movie will get really fascinating, even because it overburdens its stakes alongside the way in which.
Lehmann, who’s no stranger to low-budget, existential two-handers like this (see: the deceptively glorious mumblecore bromance Paddleton from a number of years again), neatly paces the primary model of Gary and Sheila’s fateful evening. For an excellent very long time, we’ve solely received Cuoco and Davidson to lean on, and so they’ve received a delightfully oddball chemistry: Cuoco the fast-talking, frantic romantic, Davidson his typical mixture of hunched anxiousness and laidback wit.
Lehmann lets their trains of thought stretch out over lengthy, conversational takes, John Matysiak’s digital camera capturing a street-level New York crammed with trash on the streets, Indian eating places awash in multicolored Christmas lights on the ceiling, and meals vehicles serving ridiculously artisanal ice lotions.