Every now and then, there comes a time with my movie selections that I have to bite the bullet and take one for the team, so to speak. Even though I do like all different types of movies, D doesn't. She won't sit and watch ANY scary movie with me and she's even very selective about the comedies and dramas that she'll watch. Therefore, if I want to watch a movie with her, I basically have to let her pick it to ensure that she'll actually watch the entire thing.
Now I really don't have anything against romantic comedies. Sure, several of them are VERY predictable and formulaic. However, there are some that can come from left field and totally overwhelm me. Such was the case with "When Harry Met Sally" that is a forever classic. Too bad all romantic comedies can't be that way.
In "The Perfect Man", Heather Locklear plays a single mom that seems to always pick loser men to date. Hillary Duff plays her daughter who is tired of her mom running from her problems and wants to find her that guy that she feels her mom really deserves. Should be heartwarming enough to be somewhat charming, wouldn't you think? Well there were a few problems that I had with it.
First of all, Locklear's character apparently gets so distraught with broken relationships that she just uproots her entire family on a moment's notice and moves. And these aren't little moves either like from one neighborhood to another. They are from Kansas to New York and then would have been from New York to Arizona. This would be somewhat feasible if the family had the income that could support that. But how is a single mom on a waitress salary able to afford that type of spontaneity? D tried to explain that where there's a will there's a way. No...it takes more than will to create the type of funding that moves like that would require.
Secondly, this is Heather Locklear we're talking about. Even at 80-years-old (yeah, she's not that old, but she's no spring chicken), she's still a very attractive lady. I'm finding it very hard to believe that she would so much trouble at finding a man that she would have to settle. They even try to dress her down and make her look plain but when it comes down to it, she still looks like Heather Locklear.
I've never been a Hillary Duff fan either. Granted, she actually does look like she could pass for Locklear's daughter, but she always looks like she's trying to play much older than what she is. Maybe it would help if the make-up people in this flick wouldn't have caked on so much eye shadow and mascara on her.
D and Mariah both seemed to enjoy this movie but it wasn't anything special for me. There were a few moments that made it palatable with laughs provided by one of Locklear's would-be suitors. Even with those, it was not enough to make this anywhere close to perfect.
My rating : C-