THE PERFECT MATCH – Review by Susan Granger

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In this wannabe romantic comedy, Los Angeles-based talent agent Charlie Mac (Terrence Jenkins) is a commitment-phobic Lothario who encourages a steady stream of women to visit his posh Hollywood Hills pad, dutifully taking off their high-heels when they arrive for a one-night stand. “As soon as I have sex with them, all my interest magically disappears,” he tells his friends. Read on…

“You just haven’t met the right person yet,” they reply, advising him that “The best way to go through life is in a relationship.”

Determined to have a baby, Rick (Donald Faison) and his wife Pressie (Dascha Polanco) have eliminated all spontaneity from their sexuality in favor of the optimum timing to achieve pregnancy.

Then there’s Victor (Robert Christopher Riley), who is increasingly anxious about the escalating expenses of his upcoming wedding to Ginger (Lauren London), who not only earns more than he does but also seems to have her heart set on the $6,000 wedding cake touted by their wedding planner (Robin Givens).

Shortly after Charlie accepts their challenge to have sex with only one woman in the month leading up to the wedding, he meets stunning, sexy singer/model Eva (Cassie Ventura). Just out of a long-term liaison, she lets him know she’s strictly into fun and frolic – with no strings attached.

But nothing is as easy as it seems, explains Charlie’s older sister, Sherry (Paula Patton), a psychotherapist who traces his obvious relationship issues back to unresolved grief over the death of their parents.

Meanwhile, Charlie’s trying to sign rapper French Montana, and diva Brandy Norwood is so devoted to some arcane concept of spirituality that, for an hour each day, she has her bodyguard Boris carry her around so her feet don’t touch the ground.

Clichés clog the script by Brandon Broussard, Gary Hardwick and Dana Verde, directed by Billie Woodruff (“Beauty Shop”). Their congenial characters exhibit neither depth nor development. Charlie’s a hollow cipher and Eva’s curvaceous beauty is strictly skin-deep. And everyone’s problems seem to be solved, as if by magic, by the conclusion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “The Perfect Match” is a faltering 4, fumbling and forgettable fluff.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.