Director: Stuart McDonald
Writers: Hilary Galanoy and Elizabeth Hackett
Starring: Victoria Justice, Adam Demos, Craig Horner
In A Perfect Pairing, Victoria Justice stars as Lola, who quits her job at an LA wine company after having her work stolen by a colleague and travels to Australia in hopes to land her first client and jumpstarting her own company. It’s a by-the-numbers rom-com that does everything exactly as you’d expect it to, without any surprises or anything new being brought to the table but is still entertaining and easy watching.
Lola travels to Australia to catch a potential client, the owner of Vaughn’s Family Wine, at her farm while she’s on vacation, but is instantly turned down, as she doesn’t have any clients on her own. In an attempt to win the boss over, Lola agrees to become a volunteer on the farm to try and prove herself over a few weeks. While on holiday she starts to fall for Max (Adam Demos), who helps manage the farm.
Everything about this film is just fine. The characters, plot, setting, acting – all completely fine. It feels like a made-for-tv rom-com, and that’s pretty much what it is. There aren’t any real perils or struggles for the characters, as everything moves nicely and steadily towards the ending. It’s kind the summer version of another Netflix film from last year, A Castle at Christmas, in that it ticks all the boxes for a rom-com, and is funny and enjoyable while you’re watching it, but there’s just no real spark about it.
A Perfect Pairing is the kind of story that you know every ‘twist’ almost as soon as it starts. It’s completely braindead easy watching that’s good for a Friday night after a week at work, but not something you’ll be sharing with co-workers (or probably even remember watching) when Monday morning comes around. Sometimes that’s all you really want to watch.
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