Review: The Perfect Match, D
Rated R, 105 minutes
The goal of online dating sites is to match you with your perfect mate, a challening process that's easier said than done. The new romantic comedy "The Perfect Match" has its charming moments but is a predictable, stale affair with such unrealistic notions that it would seem to give false hopes to those who are trying to find their mate. Charlie (Terrence J of BET's "106 & Park" fame) is a charming playboy who doesn't believe in serious relationships. His best friends bet him that if he commits to one woman for one month, he's bound to fall in love. Charlie accepts the seemingly easy challenge, but wasn't expecting to cross paths with the beautiful and mysterious Eva (lovely R&B singer Cassie Ventura). When Charlie coaxes her into a casual affair, Eva turns the tables on him, forcing the lifelong bachelor to question whether he wants more than just a one-night stand. Directed by Bille Woodruff of "Beauty Shop" and co-written by Brandon Broussard, Gary Hardwick and Dana Verde, "The Perfect Match" is peppered with a few fun moments but is so thin and slack it accomplishes very little - don't go for something long term as it's about as memorable as a one-night stand. It subscribes to the typical cinematic convention that you only want to see the pretty people fall in love, while the more homely types are the supportive, wise-cracking best-friends, who may not have the biggest parts but get the best lines (Donald Faison of "Scrubs" and Dascha Polanco of "Orange is the New Black" are most memorable), while Paula Patton and singer Brandy Norwood make all-too brief appearances, with Jennifer Lopez's ex, Casper Smart, appears as an annoying colleague who loves his hoverboard more than himself. You've seen the very well-worn "The Perfect Match" many times before, usually done better than this, and this is the type of typical throwaway, unemorable fluff that populates the early spring before some of the action hits start making their way in. If you have time to waste, I'd do it elsewhere than with this.