‘Meet Cute’ overview: Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson crew up in a ‘Groundhog Day’-style rom-com

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

Though Gary is understandably skeptical, he is additionally irresistibly drawn to her. “We just work,” Sheila tells him, a idea that she will be able to 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 system is clearly filled with potential, which explains why writers hold returning to it, from “50 First Dates” to the current Andy Samberg film “Palm Springs.” But the idea can also be fraught with peril, starting with the vaguely merciless facet the longer the state of affairs drags on (even in a 90-minute film) and the query of break away from the circle in some artistic manner, a problem that “Meet Cute” (directed by Alex Lehmann from Noga Pnueli’s screenplay) cannot completely 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 does not essentially apply fairly as nicely on this type of train.

Having adopted “The Big Bang Theory” with a breakout automobile (for a season, anyway) in “The Flight Attendant,” Cuoco has demonstrated her chops as a producer and star, and she or he’s actually the main target of the story. As for Davidson, he is 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 most likely represents a modest win for NBC’s streaming service. That mentioned, it could have been good if “Meet Cute” had carried out just a little extra to capitalize on the eye, though because it stands, there is no going again in time to repair that.

“Meet Cute” premieres September 21 on Peacock.