Directed by Mark Rosman, starring Heather Locklear, Hilary Duff, Chris Noth, Mike O' Malley, Ben Feldman and Caroline Rhea.
'The Perfect Man' was intended to be a sweet, endearing film about a mother and daughter who long to settle down and find a home, but failed. It's more sour than sweet and will make you cringe, big-time.
Holly Hamilton (Duff) calls herself a girl on the move in her online journal. Every time her mother Jean's (Locklear) relationships fall apart, they have to move location, a fresh start and all that. When Holly hears her mother play Patsy Cline, she knows it's time to pack and leave her friends behind, again. But Holly is sick of moving. All she wants is to settle down in a place and to see her mother happy.
This time they move to Brooklyn. Jean's initial man interest is Lenny (O' Malley), a goofy baker from her workplace, who is well and truly stuck in the eighties. Unimpressed by Lenny, Holly decides to create the perfect man for her mother. The perfect man will romance her, boost her self-esteem and make her happy. But he is imaginary. Unknowingly, it is Ben (Noth), Holly's friend's Uncle, who produces the ideas behind the perfect man and who is also the face behind the mysterious gifts and phone calls.
Meanwhile, a boy called Adam (Feldman), carbon copy of Seth from 'The OC', begins to fall for Holly. Holly is of course too busy to notice, after getting carried away with the notion of the perfect man for her mother. Needless to say, what you predict from the very beginning happens, leaving you flabbergasted that this farce was under the pretence of being 'entertainment'.
'The Perfect Man' is based on a bad idea, has a terrible script and is 100 percent predictable. It is hard to see the quality of the acting behind such an atrocity.
Based on a man-crazy, shallow and selfish mother, this is the ultimate physical journey/personal journey charade that doesn't know the meaning of subtle. The moral of the story, don't run away from your problems, is given in Sesame Street style.
From overusing email and msn as a way to tell the story, to the melodrama of interrupting a wedding and the boy turning the girl into his comic book heroine etc. etc. etc. there is not an original idea in sight.
Made in the land of clichés and cheese, 'The Perfect Man' is consistently bad. The best part of the film is the ending, knowing that the torture is over. Better still; stay well away in the first place.
Patricia O' Callaghan