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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life is worth living. People's pain and their faults make them who they are; we shouldn't try to change them. Love and relationships come with their ups and downs. "It's okay for things to be messy sometimes."
Positive Role Models
Sheila can't let go of the night she first met Gary because it's the only thing giving her purpose in life. Gary and Sheila both say they have "coping mechanisms" to deal with "trauma" from unhappy childhoods. Sheila tries to make changes to help Gary be happier. Gary tries to understand Sheila and treat her kindly.
Korean American actor Deborah S. Craig plays June, who mentions her parents treated her as a "mistake" as a child because they wanted a boy and she grew up to marry a woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Sheila must repeatedly hit another version of herself with a car in order to time travel; the hits get increasingly gruesome. She discusses and threatens to kill herself by jumping off a bridge. A woman lies about murdering her parents. Adults feel they have trauma from unfulfilling childhoods.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults kiss and joke about being sexually "thirsty." A woman sends another woman to help a teen boy lose his virginity.
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"F--k," "s--t," "sucks balls," "ass," "piss," "loser."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer and wine. A man vapes. A woman says her dad died of alcoholism.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meet Cute is a romantic dramedy with some dark undertones involving trauma and suicidal thoughts. There's also language and drinking. A woman says she lacks a reason to live and plans to kill herself by jumping off a bridge. She gains the ability to time travel, but to do so she has to kill her earlier self every day in an increasingly gruesome car crash scene. She does seem to learn that although you can't erase the traumas of the past, that pain is part of who you are. Her motto is, "It's okay for things to be messy sometimes." There's kissing and discussion of losing one's virginity and being sexually "thirsty." Adults consume alcohol, a man vapes, and a woman says her dad died of alcoholism. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "sucks balls," "ass," "piss," and "loser." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The idea of time travel, or getting stuck (in this case, purposefully) in a time loop, has become a popular concept in recent times, and Groundhog Day is the ever-present reference. Meet Cute might even be poking fun at its '90s-era predecessor when Sheila suggests it would be "creepy" if she were returning repeatedly to the same night with Gary in order to win him over, precisely Bill Murray's intentions in the earlier film. Instead, Sheila is repeating the same night as a lifeline, because it's the only thing stopping her from killing herself, giving this film a much darker undertone.
That mood is matched in the film's late-night urban ambiance and Davidson's Gary, who is coping with the results of an unhappy childhood. But Meet Cute also aims for a humorous tone at moments, shifts the actors manage well. Davidson is mostly reactive to Cuoco's Sheila, who swerves between manic and depressed, but he carries an emotional final scene. Craig is also engaging as the droll June. Oddly, this is the second movie of the season (following Mack & Rita) where a tanning bed serves as a conduit to a different place. Sheila has to kill her "other" self in order to keep coming back -- one of several unexplained aspects of how the time travel works and what can be done and undone in the past. When Gary takes matters into his own hands, it's better to just stop asking questions of the script and focus on the relationship, which leaves the film's enjoyment factor mostly up to how appealing you find Cuoco and Davidson.
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