Finding out Who You Are in Netflix’s ‘The Perfect Date’
by Jace Amodo, May 15, 2019 8:15am
Art by Dani Elevazo
High school senior Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) launches an app to offer his services as a chaperone to women in need of a fake date, all for his dream to get into Yale University. But things go south when he develops feelings for someone.
The Perfect Date has the formula for a blockbuster rom-com film—in the '90s, that is. Its plot is outdated and its ending, predictable; But with fresh faces to reprise the formulaic characters, The Perfect Date remains an enjoyable film. Perhaps our biggest takeaway from this movie, aside from Noah's proven chemistry with any actors, is that we are not defined by the "present."
"Who the hell knows who they are anyway. We are all just figuring it out as we go along. So, the best you can do is reflect on who you were in the past and compare that to who you want to be in the future, and you split the difference. That's who you are now," Charlie Rattigan to his son, Brooks.
Screenplay-wise, this quote serves as a bridge from the main character's conflict to his happy ending. Surprisingly, the gist of the message also reverberates offscreen, ringing every lost youths' little internal alarms.
Like Brooks, a lot of Manillennials struggle to present their authentic selves to their esteemed universities in fear that others may not accept them. Even outside the school setting, we have tendencies to conform to society's standards—to practice the "fake it 'til we make it" culture. There's beauty in being lost because, as the famous saying goes, not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Though it would seem like it, The Perfect Date is not about turning dreamers into realists. As Brooks said, if he has to pretend to be someone else to get somewhere, then that's probably not where he belongs. Know who you are, my friend, and stay true to it.
Watch the trailer for Netflix's The Perfect Date: