Thank heavens the couple didn’t end up together, the movie had an edge over other rom-coms because of it. The Perfect Match is a 2016 American romantic-comedy film directed by Bille Woodruff. The film was written by Dana Verde, Brandon Broussard and Gary Hardwick, and stars Terrence J, Cassie Ventura, Lauren London and Paula Patton. Queen Latifah is an executive producer of the film.
Charlie is a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister, a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love, until he meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva. Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that she has turned the tables on him, after realizing he wants a bit more from their relationship.
There is something nice about the movie, other than the mostly good looking cast, smooth talker Charlie dishes around women playing the playboy agent. For a moment it looked like a Bollywood movie but Terrence J was able to keep it classy. The variety of women was like a buffet which undoubtedly cast Cassie – model cum recording artist cum actress in the spotlight. It seemed as if they got her to flaunt every kind of asset she possessed together with some breath-taking clothing, she was probably just told to stand there and look pretty because other than that she didn’t do much. There was clearly no emotion whatsoever, being an entertainer in different aspects of entertainment she should have been able to play out better than the other cast members but I guess that didn’t quite work, then again her beauty made up for it in some small way.
I don’t think the movie would have been what it is without the whole band of friends. The dynamic band looked realistic like they actually knew each other for a pretty long time, maybe they did. True enough all their parts weren’t actually significant but without them the movie would have been a definite bore. The jokes weren’t really funny, maybe a snigger was possible but everything else just didn’t lead to laughs. With the millions of rom-coms that could be considered, The Perfect Match is definitely one to add to the list.
The movie is predictable with Charlie – The Lothario going around sleeping with women and then making the deal for the one woman, it has already been in the books, the same old story with its clichéd maxims and other snide remarks but this movie just seems acceptable. Somehow, Director Woodruff was able to pull off a rom-com that kind of made sense to all those heartbroken souls around the world.
It has been sometime since we come across Joe Pantoliano. He didn’t have a major part to play in the movie but seeing him roused a few good memories and yes they ended up making him the bad guy, again. Kareem his in-movie name that is, did put up an acceptable comic performance. It looked like he had potential; maybe he just needed a proper scene all to himself.
The whole photography vibe thing made things a lot better and even Charlie’s house made the whole set look a lot cooler and inspirational. Eva added to the ambience and I’m sure the audiences would go home feeling the vibe. Maybe, it was just me but they did quite a good thing by giving Charlie the whole psychological barrier to work with. It added background to relate to, providing a storyline as to why he keeps relationships short, thanks to the sister for that. Her explanations although somewhat vital, her presence didn’t really count. No offence there, but humour fail alert!, the comic part did nothing to make the movie interesting.
The whole perfect match thing at the end of the movie was absurd since it was clichéd with an additional coating of further clichés which made it nonsensical. The movie would have been much better if it cut back on the clichés and maybe worked a little more on the jokes and the lead actress. Eva although mysterious and vague could have played a much better role which would eventually add to Charlie’s role making the chemistry more prominent. Don’t get me wrong, their chemistry is on fire.