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Perfect Opposites (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 2005 (Hungary)
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The story of two college graduates from the Midwest who move to Los Angeles, where their love is tested for the first time.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Henderson ... Drew Curtis
Piper Perabo ... Julia Bishop
Jason Winer ... Danny
Andrew Keegan ... Trey Reynolds
Marisa Theodore Marisa Theodore ... Ice Cream Attendant
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Terri Curtis
Jennifer Tilly ... Elyse Steinberg
Artie Lange ... Lenny Steinberg
Derek Basco ... Katute
Joe Pantoliano ... Louis Carbonelli
Jennifer Julian Jennifer Julian ... Yogurt Attendant
Cheryl Reeves Cheryl Reeves ... Katie
Nichole Hiltz ... Celeste
Aaron Paul ... Monty Brandt
Jesse Capelli ... Aubrey (as Jenny Leone)
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In the Midwest of USA, the sweethearts Drew and Julia are graduating in the college. Drew convinces Julia to move with him to Los Angeles, where his sister Terri lives and got a job for him. The young couple become close friends of their neighbors Elyse and Lenny Steinberg, who owns a small real estate business. However, the immature Drew breaks the relationship with Julia, afraid of the consequences of their commitment. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief drug material | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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7 April 2005 (Hungary) See more »

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A Piece of My Heart See more »

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I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Written by Gary Louris and Taylor Rhodes
Performed by The Jayhawks
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a mixed bag but better than expected
7 February 2005 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

In "Perfect Opposites," Drew and Julia, two college grads from "a school in the Midwest," decide to head to L.A. to start life together as a committed couple (not much of a move, as it turns out, since the college scenes were actually filmed at USC). However, in no time at all, the pressures of trying to establish their careers, combined with Drew's innate fear of commitment, end up putting a serious strain on the relationship.

"Perfect Opposites" is a fairly conventional romantic comedy that does at least offer a few flashes of insight into the complexities of man/woman relationships, even though the motivations for some of the characters' actions are strangely arbitrary and inscrutable at times. Nevertheless, as the complications arise, we find ourselves identifying with the two main characters more than we expect to at the beginning of the story. Unfortunately, the film insists on parading a bunch of cutesy L.A. stereotypes before the camera, severely undercutting the sense of reality it establishes in the scenes between Julia and Drew. There is one very funny scene in which Drew's old college roommate lays out his theory about where men and women fit in the evolutionary scheme of things, but the film doesn't achieve that level of comic cleverness very often.

As Drew and Julia, Martin Henderson and Piper Perabo make an attractive, likable couple, and the secondary performers do what they can with the characters they've been handed.

"Perfect Opposites" is a hard film to call because it feels both artificial and realistic in roughly equal measure. It takes a slightly more mature view of the world than most films of its type, building to a final scene that is a tad more thoughtful than what we are accustomed to in a romantic comedy. For that reason alone it deserves some recognition.


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