When I’m not into a zombie movie or a thriller, I’m a fan of crappy romantic comedies. Who isn’t? Trick question, everyone is, and those who aren’t haven’t admitted it to themselves…yet. I’ve had The Perfect Date on my to-watch list for a while now, considering it a. stars every pre-teen (and above)’s obsession, Noah Centineo and b. is cheesy-chips-with-extra-cheese level cheesy. It didn’t disappoint, as far as soppy cheese-fests go.
The film centres on Brooks Rattigan who, to save money for college, creates an app where anyone can pay him to act as the perfect stand-in boyfriend for whatever occasion.
I liked the idea of the film. Considering the fact that I’m app-user, it doesn’t seem completely out there to think that app like that would exist and – if it did – I think Brooks and the other characters are completely right about how it’d be used.
Another thing I liked was the casting. Of course they had to cast Netflix’s (current) golden boy, Noah Centineo as the lead role. He’s pretty good at playing the cool, slightly insecure high-schooler. I also liked the decision to have Camila Mendes and Laura Marano as his love interests, as both played their roles brilliantly.
My big issue with the film though, as with a lot of Netflix teen rom-com films, is that it felt rushed. It felt like the things that should’ve been big reveals or dramatic just sort of …. happened. I just didn’t get the sense of excitement I usually would when the film played out.
Even though it wasn’t the best film I’ve ever seen, The Perfect Date is great for something light hearted. It’s one of those switch your brain off films…plus Noah Centineo’s in it…which doesn’t hurt!
The Perfect Date is on Netflix now
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