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The Perfect Date - Not So Perfect After All

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Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 05:37

This new movie from Netflix fits right in with many of the other teen rom-coms they have put out in the last year. In fact, it even stars the same guy that was in To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Sierra Burgess is a Loser. (I like this guy but Netlix come on, there are other actors out there.)

The Perfect Date follows Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) as a high school senior hoping to earn enough money to go to the college of his dreams, Yale. An opportunity falls into his lap to get paid to escort a girl to her high school formal, and from there he has the brilliant idea to proffer himself to all sorts of high school girls for a variety of date opportunities. He becomes a chameleon who changes clothes and personalities to be the "perfect date" for each paying client.

The movie reminded me of a much toned down version of Patrick Dempsey's 80's classic, Loverboy. (Much, much toned down). I think the story had potential, and the chemistry between the two leads was great, but something fell short for me. The major conflict felt contrived and every bit of the story could be seen coming from a mile away. Usually, I find that sort of predictability charming, almost comforting, but not this time. 

If you're in the mood for a silly rom-com that doesn't require much thinking, this is a decent choice. But even if you keep your options limited to Netflix movies starring Noah Centineo, you have some better options than this one.