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Everything is at stake for a 40-year-old woman: her career, her ticking biological clock, and her bank account. She risks it all for an intense, secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback.
Initial release: June 14, 2023
Director: Numa Perrier
Cinematography: Eric Lin
Distributed by: Netflix
Editor: Paul Millspaugh
Executive producers: Glendon Palmer, Leigh Davenport
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What is the plot of The Perfect Find ?
Netflix’s The Perfect Find is based on the book of the same name by award-winning author Tia Williams.
It tells the story of Jenna Jones, a former fashion designer who is broke and desperate for a second chance. After she loses her job and her long-time fiancé, she takes a job with her old arch nemesis, Darcy Vale. Vale hires her because she wants an infusion of old-school cred to her team filled with millennials. Jones soon finds herself in a relationship with the twenty-something videographer of the company who also happens to be her boss’ son. The result is a series of laugh-out-loud and crazy scenarios.
Who is cast in The Perfect Find ?
Netflix’s The Perfect Find will be led by Gabrielle Union (Bring it On, Breaking In), who will play Jenna Jones and also produces the movie via her production company “I’ll have another”.
Union will be joined by Keith Powers (Straight outta Compton, What/If, The New Edition Story) who has been signed to play Eric, and Emmy nominee Niecy Nash (Reno 911!, Claws, When They See Us) will play the formidable Darcy Vale.
Rounding out the cast of the movie is:
- DB Woodside (Lucifer)
- Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
- Alani “La La” Anthony (BMF, Power)
- Gina Torres (Suits)
The Perfect Find Review
Jenna Jones had it all: a fabulous career at a fashion magazine, power coupledom with a handsome man named Brian — their combined heat had even melted them into one headline-ready portmanteau entity, Brijenna.
Then Jenna lost both job and relationship in a spectacular public crash. We can only guess at what happened because her rise and fall are quickly summarized in a collage of headlines during the opening credits of the Netflix romantic comedy “The Perfect Find.”
They embark on an affair that must be kept secret from their common boss, which should be easy since Darcy is barely around. Torres is tragically underused, as are Aisha Hinds and Alani “La La” Anthony as Jenna’s best friends.
On a professional level, Jenna and Eric cook up a new segment called “the perfect find” for Darzine, Darcy’s hilariously named, well, magazine, which allows them to explore their shared taste for the vintage and the retro-classy. The adorkable lovebirds are also both fans of old Hollywood movies, bonding over their admiration for the golden-age Black actress Nina Mae McKinney.
What went down does not matter anyway: What does is that Jenna will get back up, and that Gabrielle Union endows her with the kind of casual charisma found only among elite members of the rom-com world. Good thing Union steers “The Perfect Find” with such sunny warmth and relatable poise, too, because the director, Numa Perrier, and screenwriter, Leigh Davenport (adapting Tia Williams’s 2016 novel of the same title), are not as assured.
“The Perfect Find” is hampered by stilted dialogue and comedy that often falls flat, as well as a distinct lack of fizz for a film set in the fashion world. Fortunately, it is saved by two fleet-footed leads who have mastered the two steps forward, one step back dance at the heart of romantic comedy.