With the amount of original movies that Netflix comes out with, you'd assume that some of them have to be bad. It's like with anything. You can't always be good at everything. However, what Netflix does seem to get right are teen movies... sort of. I watched The Perfect Date on Netflix and this is my honest opinion.
If you've never heard of The Perfect Date, I'll sum it up for you. It stars Netflix's favourite teen heartthrob, Noah Centineo as well as Riverdale actress Camila Mendes and Laura Marano. Basically, it's about a boy named Brooks who is just about to graduate high school. Him and his dad are on completely different sides when it comes to what college he should attend. Brooks wants to go to Yale, but his dad wants him to go to the University of Connecticut, where college will be paid for him.
Most of us would probably just suck it up if we got a free ride through college, but Brooks isn't like that. So, he needs to find another way to make money so Yale won't be an issue. He first makes money to take out Celia and stand in as her date for the night. After that, Brooks comes up with the great idea to create an app where he can stand in as peoples dates whenever they need him.
Brooks is also in love with Camila Mendes' character, Shelby. And basically, he wants to seem like he's rich so he'll fit in with her. Everyone by now knows that Noah Centineo is Netflix's heartthrob, as he's been in three movies in the past year, with the sequel to All The Boys I've Loved Before coming out late this year or early next year. I don't know about you, but when I see him in a movie, I automatically click.
So let's get into the point of the movie, shall we? When I'm watching a teen movie on Netflix, I don't really have many expectations. One of his movies called Sierra Burgess Is a Loser got a lot of negative reviews because it promoted catfishing. Some people aren't a fan of this new movie, pretty much because it shows that you need a date to everything. I don't really see it that way.
Netflix definitely knows what they're doing when it comes to casting. Hi, Noah and Camila in a movie together? Yes, please. While the movie isn't exactly phenomenal, it really does show that cheesy side that everyone loves. The whole movie is basically Brooks pretending he's someone that he's not to make other people happy, and he decides that's not how he wants to live.
He completely changes himself to try to go to Yale, and ends up miserable. As for the girl? Well, can you see where this is going? Shelby finds out he's not rich, and doesn't not like him because of that, but because he lied to her. Womp womp womp. Classic. And Celia has been there allll along, but Brooks didn't even notice until Shelby walked away.
Really though, if I'm being honest, this was probably my least favourite of Noah's movies. The plot wasn't amazing, I didn't fall in love with the characters (hi, Peter Kavinsky), and it's probably not a movie I would watch multiple times (I'm looking at you, The Kissing Booth).
Would I recommend to a friend? 7/10, yes. It's a mindless movie that you can watch with your girlfriends, or alone, or with your mom, sure. But will you fall in love with Noah's character this time around? Probably not! But if you're just looking for another teen heartthrob movie to get you through the week, then definitely press play.