Monday, March 14, 2016
It's No Jumping the Broom - The Perfect Match
By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
I gave away tickets for The Perfect Match; posted it as T&T's banner header for a couple of weeks; promoted a Ladies Night preview screening (see pic below) so I was hoping it would be a cute rom/com in the way of Jumping the Broom. Unfortunately, for me, it's missing some beats.
Terrence J (Jenkins) from "E news" & "Think Like a Man", plays Charlie Mack, a ladies man who accepts a bet with his "boyz" to date the same woman until one of the guy's wedding. That woman is model Eva, played by new comer and R&B singer Cassie Ventura. Eva only wants a hook up type of relationship so she's not deceived, she knows about the bet from the beginning, which I do like. And there's a couple of truly funny lines in the movie, but on the whole it needed another pass at the script.
|Terrrence J & Donald Faison would be good in a buddy comedy|
|T&T Subscribers at Ladies Night Preview of "The Perfect Match"|
I think I'd like to see Donald Faison and Terrence J in a buddy comedy, as lovable losers who somehow win in the end. It may be a bit cliched and I'm sure Terrence J would prefer to play a guy on top of the world, even if a bit closed off to love, than a goof. And obviously this guy is not a goof - making big moves producing and working things in his favor in Hollywood, but for me he's not a leading man.
Paula Patton also misses the mark as Charlie's psychologist sister, it's like she can't find her grove, she's too enthusiastic and fake.
Bottom line: The Perfect Match is still a good date night movie. I'm always happy to see a black cast in a movie not about a black subject. It's got a lot of style - the sets, wardrobe, all really high end - it's a glossy world of photo shoots, fabulous cribs and rapper French Montana has an extended cameo. By the way, does he have a pet monkey in real life?
T &T's LAMB Score: 2 outta 5
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