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Teenager Holly Hamilton is tired of moving every time her single mom Jean has another personal meltdown involving yet another second-rate guy. To distract her mother from her latest bad choice, Holly conceives the perfect plan for the perfect man.. an imaginary secret admirer who will romance Jean and boost her shaky self-esteem. When the virtual relationship takes off, Holly finds herself having to produce the suitor, borrowing her friend's charming and handsome Uncle Ben as the face behind the e-mails, notes and gifts. Holly must resort to increasingly desperate measures to keep the ruse alive and protect her mom's newfound happiness, almost missing the real perfect man when he does come along. Written by
An improvement over Raise Your Voice but still only average.
Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) is sick of her single mother (Heather Locklear) embarrassing her and ruining her life with her bad choices in men and her breakdowns when they don't work out. To try to break the cycle, Holly invents the perfect man, a secret admirer who romances her mother from a distance and then borrows her friend's Uncle Ben (Chris Noth) to maintain the ruse.
The Perfect Man is a bland, sweet piece of fluff that will entertain it's target audience though everyone else may have trouble forgiving the flaws. The film is obviously unrealistic so if you're going to watch it, keep that in mind. It has an interesting story, though I have been told that it's a rip off of Mermaids which I never saw so that didn't bother me. Mark Rosman is pretty good at making kids films/shows after A Cinderella Story and Even Stevens. Most people over the age of 15 probably hate his work but if the kids like it than he gets the job done but their was something missing here. Even my sister, the biggest lover of fluff films, said it wasn't very good.
The biggest problem with The Perfect Man is that all the characters are unlikable. Holly's mom is selfish for moving the kids to different places after each breakup. Instead of dealing with the problems, she just runs away from them and it's hard for her daughters to grow up. Holly doesn't really seem to care about her mom and when they move to Brooklyn, she does everything to make her stay. This includes writing fake love letters and seducing her own mom online. Most of the characters are also pretty annoying and even the short running time becomes a challenge to get through.
The main actors are all pretty good but the supporting actors are weak. Hilary Duff is a decent actress and this film is defiantly better than her last flop Raise Your Voice. This is a better role for her since it lets her grow as an actress and it doesn't require her to sing. Duff isn't as good as Heather Locklear though. Heather is really good in this role and she would never have trouble finding a man. Chris Noth does an okay job but I really don't see the appeal of him as an actor. Caroline Rhea and Carson Kressley tie each other for the most annoying performance in the movie. Both of their characters were added for comedy relief but they will most likely give the audience a headache. In the end, The Perfect Man is far from perfect but it's nice entertainment for Hilary Duff fans and tweens. Rating 5/10
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