‘Meet Cute’ review: Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson team up in ‘Groundhog Day’-style rom-com

Cuoco’s Sheila approaches Davidson’s Gary at a bar, and the two spend a romantic night together getting to know each other, even though she occasionally finds his behavior a little off. That’s before she reveals that she has access to a time machine (it’s at her local nail salon, for some reason) that allows her to travel back in time to relive and relive their first date over and over again.

While Gary is understandably skeptical, he is also irresistibly drawn to her. “We just have work to do,” Sheila tells him, a theory she can test again and again, changing the nature of their interaction in small and not-so-small ways and seeing how it plays out.

It’s full of formula potential, of course, which explains why writers keep coming back to it, from “50 First Dates” to Andy Samberg’s latest film, “Palm Springs.” However, the concept is fraught with risks, starting with the cruel aspect the longer the stage goes on (even in a 90-minute film) and the question of how to break free from the circle in a creative way, a challenge that “Meet Cute” (directed by Alex Lehmann from the script of Noga Pnueli) cannot overcome. is completely overcome.

“It’s okay to be messy sometimes,” Sheila tells Gary, a line that has some significance in the larger story, but doesn’t necessarily apply as well to this kind of exercise.

After following “The Flight Attendant” on “The Big Bang Theory” with a getaway vehicle (for a season, anyway), Cuoco has shown off her chops as a producer and star, and she’s truly the centerpiece of the story. . As for Davidson, she’s had no shortage of movie roles, but the “Saturday Night Live” alum seems caught in a different kind of loop, one that still makes her more famous for her off-screen relationships than her professional endeavors.

Honestly, the sheer value of their teams probably means a modest win for NBC’s streaming service. That said, it would have been nice if “Meet Cute” had done a little more to capitalize on the attention, though as it stands, there’s no need to go back in time to fix it.

“Meet Cute” opens on September 21 on the Peacock.