The Perfect Man
Single mom Jean Hamilton (Heather Locklear) uses poor judgment in her selection of boyfriends in this romantic comedy. When the romance turns sour, she and her two daughters, teenager Holly (Hilary Duff) and seven-year-old Zoe (Aria Wallace), pack up and move on. Jean’s reputation as a top-notch baker allows her to move wherever there’s an opening.
The latest move to Brooklyn begins like the others — with a new boyfriend. Teenage Holly sizes him up as a loser and sets out to find the perfect man for her mother because she is tired of changing schools every few months. Jean begins receiving mysterious e-mails from a secret admirer, the figment of Holly’s imagination. This progresses to late-night chats on the computer until Holly realizes a photo will be needed to keep her mom’s interest. She picks handsome Ben (Chris Noth), who owns an upscale bistro. Holly finds herself in a web of deceit, albeit with good intentions.
This is a great movie for those who make a habit of avoiding their problems. In the film, Jean continually runs from her relationship issues, constantly moving from city to city. Later, she realizes the example she has set for her daughters when Holly desires to move away when a boy gets close. In the end, Jean decides they will stay and face everything rather than continuing to run. The film does an excellent job of showing the longing of children for their parent’s happiness, which is one of the reasons why Holly invents her mom’s secret admirer.
Holly uses deceit to trick her mom into believing Dan actually exists. Her other reason for making Dan up is due to the fact she and her little sister are tired of moving around. Although her reasons are understandable, it still gives her no reason to lie. She later suffers direct consequences, however, when the situation is revealed to Jean who then becomes very sad and upset with Holly.
This is a great film for teenagers and parents. It teaches valuable lessons in honesty and not evading problems. Holly also learns much about herself, realizing that she has some of the same qualities that she resents in her mom. Many will enjoy the bad date Jean goes on. On that note, a perfect man would agree to see this film with his girlfriend or wife without grumbling.