There is no doubt that break-out star Noah Centineo is incredibly bankable for Netflix. With his ever-growing fan base, there is a huge demand for his movies. And, The Perfect Date, is the newest of them. Centineo plays Brooks Rattigan, an 18-year old high school student who plans to go to Yale when he finishes. But Yale is expensive and the money he earns working in a sandwich shop just isn't cutting it.
Then a paid opportunity to take the cousin of a classmate to a school formal changes everything. He takes Celia, played by Laura Marano, and she jokingly suggests that he should do more paid gigs as he makes a really good pretend boyfriend. Liking the idea, his best friend creates an app for him and the date requests soon come rolling in.
Taking on all sorts of guises, he becomes the in-demand ‘Plus One' which turns out to be quite lucrative. However, pretending to be Celia's boyfriend means he can't date the girl of his dreams – Shelby. Likewise for Celia who would rather be dating Franklin. A public break-up ensues and both Brooks and Celia get what they want. However, they soon realise that all that glitters is not gold.
The Perfect Date is a sweet teen movie. Noah Centineo (Swiped) is as likeable as ever though I fear he has been boxed into a certain type of character. Brooks is really not much different to Jamey (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser) or Peter Kavinsky (To All The Boys I've Loved Before). He plays the part of the genuinely nice guy really well.
However, there isn't much more to it than that. SPOILER ALERT: It's like a newer take on The Duff. Take a good-looking, lovely guy and a less girly but great female friend and watch them go through the motions before they realise they should be together and you have The Perfect Date.
Watchable and not terrible but we've seen it all before.