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The Perfect Date: ‘He’s Whoever You Want Him to Be’

The Perfect Date (2019) Story

There’s a new romantic comedy on Netflix. One I suspect they hope sweeps us off our feet. This one stars Netflix favorite Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Brooks Rattigan, a middle-class high school student who has dreams of an Ivy League education. In order to earn money for tuition, Brooks becomes the perfect chaperone for a spunky high schooler named Celia (Laura Marano). When he discovers he has a knack for being someone else, his friend Murphy (Odiseas Georgiadis) creates a kind of dating app. The app allows anyone to hire him as a “plus one” for any occasion.

The Perfect Date Film Review

The Perfect Date is cute and works as a fun reminder of why the masses enjoy the genre. As a play into the current culture, the script uses a dating app to introduce our hero to a parade of interesting ladies, although only one truly catches his eye.

The premise of this one is really amusing. I like watching Brooks go on his string of one-time dates all of which are, for the girl, for many different reasons. Whether it’s to practice how to go on a date or to have a dance partner, the reasons vary, and it keeps the story colorful and interesting. What’s even more fun is the ways Brooks gets into character for each of these outings. However, this isn’t what pulls us in.

The Perfect Date

What I like best is the interactions between Celia and Brooks. I like that they’re real with each other. While the stereotypes between them are also entertaining, their development could have been polished with a bit more balance. But overall, their friendship works.

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Celia is all sass,  a character trait many of us enjoy. Meanwhile, Brooks is a real gentleman. Not to mention, his characterization is refreshing, and I like how Noah plays his character. Laura plays Celia equally well with a no-care attitude which is, of course, hiding something underneath. Another plus is the role the parents play in the lives of these characters. Their part in the lives of their children is both profound and accurate. A feat that isn’t easy to pull off. This script does.

In the end, I think Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (which Noah also stars in) does the romantic comedy genre just a tiny bit better. However, I do genuinely find this film entertaining and cute. It made me smile and it’s fun to see Noah in another Netflix original. If you want something with sass to enjoy over your next night in, consider booking this for your plus one.

Content: There’s some minor innuendo, minor profanity, and underage parties. The film is TV-14.

Where to watch: You can stream The Perfect Date on Netflix.

Did you watch this one? If so, what did you like or dislike about it? Sound off below with your thoughts; I’d love to talk with you about this new Netflix film. 

Photos: Netflix


Four corset rating

“Hello, Gorgeous.”


four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

*Maybe more of a 3.5, but it is cute!

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By on April 16th, 2019

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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