Let’s add this one to the pile of movies that I didn’t necessarily dislike but that I probably won’t ever pick over another option. In Netflix Original ‘The Perfect Date’ we see the seemingly go-to choice for the male protagonist in all teenage romance movies right now; Noah Centineo who plays Brooks Rattigan. Starring alongside him is Laura Marano, Camila Mendes and Odiseas Georgiadis. Camila Mendes was heavily shown in the trailer that I watched or any clips that I saw beforehand but her screen time was a total of about 10 minutes.
Brooks Rattigan is like a lot of high school students when the reality of college sets in. He is set on going to Yale, being that it is a an Ivy League and our boy Rattigan seems like someone who is very infatuated with material objects. He’s trying to figure out a way to save up for Yale since he and his dad wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. An opportunity arises where he gets hired to take Celia Lieberman (Marano) to a school dance. In passing, Celia says that he’s really good at it and would probably be able to make a business out of taking girls to places so they aren’t alone.
So he does. With the coding help of his best friend Murph, he creates an app that allows girls to mold their perfect date for a fee and he will take them out. He quickly spirals and we see a montage of all the various dates he is going on. Celia and him are growing closer (if they weren’t, it wouldn’t be a teenage romance) and they end up having a falling out when he’s so oblivious to her actual feelings. Rattigan gains some perspective and works past his superficial personality and decides that he is tired of pretending to be something he isn’t. It’s a good message, I just think the movie fell short from leaving a lasting impact.
I don’t think it needs to be said that Brooks and Celia end up together and it’s cute but once again; it feels like the same story we’ve all heard before. I want something new, something fresh and innovative. I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling either.
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