About a month ago, I watched the trailer of The Perfect Find . I initially got the vibe it was going to be the usual girl meets boy and falls in love rom-com plot, but it still seemed like an exciting watch because I can never get tired of seeing black love on my screen.
Based on Tia Williams’ book of the same name, the movie revolves around Jenna Jones (Gabrielle Union), a famous 40-year-old fashion editor who hits a major bump in her career and love life, after getting fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend of 10 years, very publicly. On a mission to bounce back, she begs for a job from her old nemesis, but things get complicated when she finds herself catching feelings for her 20-something-year-old co-worker (Keith Powers), who also happens to be her boss’s son.
Here are my favourite (and least favourite things) about Netflix’s latest romantic comedy, The Perfect Find.
The Sleek and Classy Lewks
The looks in this movie are so stylish and chic. I adored all the outfits and can imagine doing a wardrobe haul on the set. Gabrielle Union’s character, Jenna, gave off a more simple but sophisticated aura with her high neck tops, low v-neck blouses and statement accessories, while Gina Torres’s character, Darcy, didn’t miss with her color pop ties, exaggerated sleeves and chain mail headwear. Both women looked powerful, sexy and fabulous. Of course I took screenshots to show my Nigerian tailor.
Keith Powers Is the Plot, the Whole Plot and Nothing But the Plot
Since I saw the movie, I’ll be going about my day and would randomly think about Keith Powers’ smile and that scene when he says, ‘But tonight I want to ruin you’.
Whew. That man is too fine and too smooth. (Dear Ryan, I truly understand why you spinned the block.) I enjoyed watching the scenes between his character, Eric, and Gabrielle Union’s character, Jenna. I loved their flirty banter and how real their romance felt. However, their love story was bland and cliche. What was that ending?
The Homage to Black Film History and Old Hollywood Movies
I enjoyed the notations to black film history in this movie. It’s so symbolic and powerful what the women before us were able to achieve. The dance moves, the 70s inspired hairstyles, costumes and music were magical. The vintage looks were not missing too! It was a perfect blend of old meets new. Seeing this spread throughout the film – from the wall posters in Jenna’s office to the documentary Jenna and Eric created together, was so special.
A Gabrielle Union and Gina Torres Face-off
These women are such great actors and I was so pleased to see them on-screen together. I loved the face-off conversations. The frenemy and unspoken rivalry they had going on made for great drama as well.
The Celebrity Appearances
We didn’t fail to spot the stunning cameos of Winnie Harlow as Suki and Gabrielle’s real-life husband, Dwayne Wade on the red carpet. They looked amazing as usual, and it complemented the movie nicely. I can’t help but think about the Dwayne Wade situation a little bit though. How weird must it be to watch your wife kiss another guy on camera. Spouses of actors are really trying because it cannot be me and my overly jealous self. We applaud the support.
The Rushed Ending–A Baby. Really?
What eventually made me roll my eyes, was that ending. It felt like the movie was missing 3 or 4 scenes because it felt so rushed and overly dramatic. From the perceived break up on the couch in Darcy’s penthouse to the friendly catch-up dinner? I had to check back that I didn’t accidentally skip some scenes. Then the most cringe of all, a pregnancy? And this all happened between what looked like spring season, christmas and a new year? Chile. It was all too soon.
In conclusion, there might be a little too much going on in this romantic drama but the fashion, chemistry and soundtrack is enough to make for a comfortable watch. Watch this if you’ve had a long day, and you’re looking for something light and effortless before bed.