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Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson ‘Meet Cute’ in a ‘Groundhog Day’-style rom-com | Newswitter

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Time-traveling romance has a spotty historical past (simply ask HBO), however like “Groundhog Day,” that doesn’t cease variations on the theme from taking place repeatedly. Enter “Meet Cute,” an unhelpfully-generic title for a film most notable for pairing Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson, in an idea with barely sufficient meat for a “Black Mirror” episode, which possible explains its arrival by way of Peacock.

Cuoco’s Sheila approaches Davidson’s Gary in a bar, and the 2 spend a romantic night time collectively attending to know one another, even when her conduct sometimes feels a bit off. That’s earlier than she explains that she has entry to a time machine (positioned at her native nail salon, for some cause), permitting her to journey again a day, again and again, reliving and revising their first date.

Although Gary is understandably skeptical, he’s additionally irresistibly drawn to her. “We just work,” Sheila tells him, a idea that she will put to the take a look at, again and again, altering the character of their interplay in small and not-so-small methods and seeing the way it performs out.

The formulation is clearly filled with potential, which explains why writers preserve returning to it, from “50 First Dates” to the current Andy Samberg film “Palm Springs.” Yet the idea can also be fraught with peril, starting with the vaguely merciless side the longer the situation drags on (even in a 90-minute film) and the query of the way to break away from the circle in some artistic method, a problem that “Meet Cute” (directed by Alex Lehmann from Noga Pnueli’s screenplay) can’t solely overcome.

“It’s OK for things to be messy sometimes,” Sheila tells Gary, a line that possesses some significance within the bigger story, however which doesn’t essentially apply fairly as effectively on this type of train.

Having adopted “The Big Bang Theory” with a breakout car (for a season, anyway) in “The Flight Attendant,” Cuoco has demonstrated her chops as a producer and star, and he or she’s actually the main target of the story. As for Davidson, he’s discovered no scarcity of movie roles, however the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus appears trapped in a distinct sort of loop, one that also makes him extra celebrated for his off-screen relationships than his skilled endeavors.

Frankly, simply the marquee worth of their teaming in all probability represents a modest win for NBC’s streaming service. That stated, it could have been good if “Meet Cute” had performed a little bit extra to capitalize on the eye, though because it stands, there’s no going again in time to repair that.

“Meet Cute” premieres September 21 on Peacock.

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