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The Perfect Man
  • PG
  • 1h 40m
  • 2005
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Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth star in this hilarious yet heartwarming comedy about mothers, daughters and the outrageous lengths people will go to for love. Holly Hamilton (Duff) is on a mission to find her single mom (Locklear) a perfect man… Even if she has to make that man up! Without other options, she creates an imaginary secret admirer based on a charming restaurateur (Noth). But this scheme keeps Holly on her toes more than it actually sweeps her mother off her feet. One crazy mishap after another leads the two of them to discover that sometimes what you're looking for is already right in front of you.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Preposterous and predictable, The Perfect Man manages few laughs with its poorly paced sitcom script, cookie-cutter characters and contrived plotting.
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

The premise is patently ridiculous, but the target audience of 12-year-old girls will be too charm...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Anna Smith

None of the leads convince or engage, and supporting characters are either gay stereotypes, routin...

June 21, 2017
Village Voice
Matt Singer

Like a Nike commercial without a shot of the sneakers.

January 29, 2019
Joe Leydon

[The] situation is mined mostly for mild chuckles and tepid sentiment.

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lighthearted comedy deals with serious issues.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is premised on the idea that a daughter lies to her mother, an ostensible shortcut to making them both feel better. After she first makes up "the perfect man," Holly finds she has to continue the lies, to the point that she and her mother exchange emails, with Holly posing as the idealized lover; this makes for some sweet conversations about dreams and goals, but also an awkward situation for adults in the audience, as parent and child are, after all, flirting. This movie includes briefly strained family relationships, as mother and daughter argue, and mother tells the story of the daughter's missing father (though she oddly never discusses the birth circumstances of a second, seven-year-old daughter). This movie also includes repeated references to sexual desire and play, primarily in the form of a gay bartender who makes wisecracks about various men. There are also jokes about breasts and 5th graders losing their virginity.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family, Romance, Teen, Chick Flick
  • Release Date:June 17, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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