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People Have Opinions About Netflix’s “The Perfect Date”

Welp, the highly anticipated Netflix movie “The Perfect Date” is officially streaming, and with it, is the Twitter commentary. IMDB rated the film a 5.9/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 82 percent rating. Needless to say, folks are split on where they stand on another Netflix film featuring The Internet’s Boyfriend, Noah Centineo.

The rom-com is based off a screenplay written by two men, Steve Bloom, and Randall Green, and was advertised as starring our Brazilian bae, Camila Mendes. Here’s what people loved and hated about the movie.

Noah Centineo is an Internet favorite.

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Of course, at this point, you can put Noah Centineo in any movie and the crowds will come through. While we’ve seen Centineo play Latino roles in the past, it looks like he’s representing his authentic Italian ethnicity in this role.

No really, Noah Centineo is the biggest pull for this movie.

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Since its airing, it’s come out that Zac Efron was being considered to play his character, Brooks Rattigan. Personally, we’re glad Zac Efron is past playing high school students.

Laura Marano is done with Disney and debuts on Netflix as Celia Lieberman.

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Marano is best known from Disney’s Austin & Ally as Ally. In The Perfect Date (TPD), we meet her character, Celia, when Brooks plays chaperone and picks her up for a school dance.

Then, Brooks turns “chaperoning” into a full-fledged app-based business.

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Celia jokingly tells him he could make a lot of money off of “chaperoning troubled rich girls” to events. He actually gets an app developed to do that and starts becoming whoever his dates want him to be as an attempt to pay for Yale.

People also love that the women in TPD value their self-worth more than a crush.

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The movie has all the tropes of a classic rom-com (read: the dramatic breakup at prom, the awkward moment when the slow song comes on and the soulmate hiding in plain sight all along with plot). It also includes female characters who can simultaneously have a crush on a boy and realize he’s not right for her at the moment.

We got some solid female empowerment lines out of Celia:

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“Why is it in high school that we have to do everything perfectly?” Yup, Celia truly had all the best lines. Caption: “celia lieberman damn said it #ThePerfectDate”

And new takes on classic scenes:

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In Sixteen Candles, that dance floor was far from empty. As they walk into the school dance, you see everyone taking group selfies, twirling their phones on the tables, and absolutely not dancing.

Caption: “shes speaking my mind #ThePerfectDate”

We loved everything Camila Mendes.

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If you’re like me or @veronzzxx, you “Watched ‘The Perfect Date’ just for Camila Mendes. xoxo 💋

And that Mendes’ character was more developed than Brooks’.

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She knew exactly what career she wanted and how to get it, while Brooks was discovering his own authenticity.

@zmdpio tweeted, “I thought camila mendes was the leading lady of noah centineo on the perfect date, they would have been a perfect match”

And that the women aren’t tolerating any shadiness from the men.

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Everything Brooks had told Mendes’ character, Shelby, until this moment was a lie. Telling the truth once isn’t where Shelby’s bar is set. Honesty is the only policy.

When Brooks immediately goes to Celia post-rejection, she’s not having it either.

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He asks her to dance and she says, “no.” She doesn’t want to be his second choice and sees that he’s not a healthy choice for her.

Fans of Austin and Ally especially loved that moment.

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Because Marano and Centineo have performed this scene together before–on Disney. That time, Ally asked Dallas to dance with her and he rejected her. It’s a good plot twist.

Spoiler: the two end up together and it’s a full circle moment for young fans.

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Dallas and Ally did break up and the two actors went off to do bigger and better things, only to find themselves as a grown-up couple on set! All we need is for them to get together IRL and  🤯 .

Twitter users were upset that “Camila Mendes’ character was too small to be promoted so much.”

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If you saw any promos of the film, you likely saw this photo of Camila Mendes, whose fandom was seemingly exploited. We saw Camila perform just a handful of lines as the prized rich, beautiful, popular girl in Brooks’ eyes.

If you watched the trailer, you probably saw 50 percent of Camila Mendes’ lines.

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We feel you, @shesagift. Another user, @spideysffh, agreed:

“I just watched the perfect date for camila mendes ONLY but oh god 🤢 how many times are they gonna make the same movie with slightly tweaked scripts and different actors”

Aside from catfishing us with Mendes’, people had other reasons to dislike the movie.

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@Jessica_Brough agreed, responding with “It’s somehow the very worst thing on Netflix??? I hated almost every minute??”

The “QPOC Best Friend” stereotype gave everything to his friend, only to be treated like garbage.

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@NiellahArboine tweeted, “I don’t know why it took me so long to clock but after watching The Perfect Date, I realised Netflix originals really enjoy having black queer characters as the best friend/ secondary character to the white protagonist, can they not just be the lead…? Murph literally gives this boy an app and Brooks just takes it AND the money from it.”

Can you spot the Latino “costume”?

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Dressing up like a cowboy or like 1980’s John Travolta is a costume. Dressing up as the trope of an entire ethnicity is offensive.

We’re all waiting for the post-premiere promotions y nada ni nada.

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Camila Mendes has only retweeted a promotion that includes her as one of three stars (that’s fake news). Laura Marano has asked fans what they think. Netflix has barely promoted the film.

So we leave it up to you. What did you think?

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Have you seen The Perfect Date yet? What did you think? Do you ship it? Would you recommend it?

 

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‘Fuller House’ Actor And Certified Daddy Juan Pablo Di Pace Comes Out And Yasss

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‘Fuller House’ Actor And Certified Daddy Juan Pablo Di Pace Comes Out And Yasss

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Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace recently came out in a TEDx video recorded in March. The video was released in late June giving Di Pace’s coming out story a special place in the 2019 Pride Month calendar. Social media erupted in applause and praise for the actor living his truth after so much time hiding in the closet.

Juan Pablo Di Pace came out of the closet as a gay man and is already living it up.

That’s right. Di Pace was living it up in Madrid during pride not long after the video of his talk coming out of the closet was publish. Honestly, it is something everyone should be celebrating. Someone being able to live their life fully is something that some people will never be able to understand. There is an attitude of in the Latino community that tries to shun and silence the LGBTQ+ community. Seeing a prominent member of the Latino community sharing his coming out story is such a positive example for younger people struggling to come out.

Di Pace’s coming out via a TEDx is one of the greatest moments of Pride Month 2019.

Not only did Di Pace come out of the closet, but his story about coming out and learning who he is is also very relatable to most members of the LGBTQ+ community. It wasn’t like he figured out that he was different. It had to be told to him.

“My mother says that I came out of her womb with a paper and pencil in my hand and that I used to draw until I fell asleep, which is why I had very few friends. But, actually, the truth is that, unlike most of the boys in my class, I preferred to play with girls. I was more comfortable. They were more fun,” Di Pace told the audience at his TEDx talk. “So, I didn’t think anything of it, right? Until I heard a word that I had never heard before. It started like a thunder that got closer and louder to me as it exploded like egg in my face: marícon, faggot. Well, I didn’t really understand that word at first but the word was here to stay for years. A little know book, as you might know as the Bible, starts with, ‘In the beginning, was the word and the word was made flesh and it dwelt among us.’ So, after failed attempts to fight against this word and try to make friends, my only option was to make friends with white sheets of paper. Paper would not shout or kick me. Paper was kind and on paper everything and anything was possible, just like in the movies.”

The moment of being made to feel and know that you are different from everyone else is something most people deal with at the beginning of coming out. It is a harsh, and some times dangerous, moment that starts the process of coming out and learning who you are as a person.

Fans of the actor showered him with praise and love for coming out.

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Coming out, no matter how old you are or how successful you are, is a terrifying experience. You have to be prepared for people to shun you. You need to be ready for people to speak down to you. It is not an easy or fun process for a lot of people.

The emotional reception to Di Pace’s coming is filled with love and appreciation.

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This is something the Di Pace should be so proud of. It is so important for people to come out of the closet. By coming out of the closet, you force others around you to confront their own ideas of the LGBTQ+ community. When people know someone personally who is LGBTQ+, they tend to become more accepting of the community allowing for more people to come out in a safer environment.

You are with your chosen family now, Juan.

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All people in the LGBTQ+ community understand the importance of a chosen family. Even if your family accepts you, it is important to have a chosen family. It is a way to learn what it means to be gay and how to live life open in a world that can sometimes be really cruel. Your family will want to help but it is hard for your mom and dad to teach about LGBTQ+ culture.

Congratulations on coming out Juan. Sending lots of love.

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George R.R. Martin Says The Starks WILL be in the ‘GOT’ Prequel That Takes Thousands Of Years Before The Original Series

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George R.R. Martin Says The Starks WILL be in the ‘GOT’ Prequel That Takes Thousands Of Years Before The Original Series

If you have a giant hole in your heart (and your Sunday nights) where Game of Thrones used to reside, then you’re probably one of the many fans who is waiting for the recently-announced GOT prequel series with bated breath. According to HBO, the series will chronicle “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”. The still-unnamed series will cover everything from White Walkers to the “mysteries of the East” to the “Starks of legend”. In other words, we’ll be watching. But until the series premieres (it’s currently filming in Northern Ireland), fans are still trying to find out as much information as possible about the new show when much of the details have been kept under wraps.

Recently, the “Song of Ice and Fire” author George R R Martin (who also serves as an Executive Producer on the new series) sat down in an interview with Entertainment Weekly to answer some of the fans’ burning questions regarding the who, what, and where of the prequel. Read on to find out some of the exciting facts he shared about the upcoming series!

1. The show will be set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones” took place

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R R Martin described the time period that the new prequel would be set in: “We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon’s Conquest,” he said. “But if you go back further, then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here.” According to the Game of Thrones Wikia, this time period is set during the “Age of Heroes”, a time period that happened 5,000-10,000 years ago.

2. It is a truly female-led production

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Not only was the pilot written by showrunner Jane Goldman, but the recently-announced cast consists of Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, and Denise Gough. This is a stark (no pun intended) departure from the original series that was written, produced, and directed by almost an exclusively male production team, which often came under fire for its portrayal and treatment of women on the show.

In other exciting news, this cast also includes people of color, including black British actress Naomi Ackie and American Latino actor Marquis Rodriguez. This is also a massive change for the epic fantasy series which had only a few people of color in its sprawling ensemble cast.

3. The Starks will be in the prequel

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Die-hard “Game of Thrones” fans know that it’s only logical if members of House Stark appear in the prequel. After all, House Stark is one of the oldest lines of Westerosi nobility, with their line of descent being able to be traced back eight thousand years. According to George R. R. Martin himself in his interview with Entertainment Weekly, “The Starks will definitely be [in the prequel]”. We’re definitely pumped about this. What’s a “Game of Thrones” show without the noblest and (blindingly) loyal family in all of Westeros there to root for?

4. There will be White Walkers, direwolves, and…mammoths? Oh my!

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Just as “Game of Thrones” was full of giants and dragons and witches, the prequel will also have no shortage of mythical creatures. “Obviously the White Walkers are [in the prequel] and that will be an aspect of it,” said Martin. “There are things like direwolves and mammoths.” We, for one, can’t wait to see giant CGI mammoths marching across our TV screens.

5. The Lannisters won’t be there to pay their debts.

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According to Martin, the Lannisters, along with their wily ways, have not yet entered the Westerosi picture. Instead, Casterly Rock (the famous castle that the Lannisters occupied in the original series) will be occupied by, well…the House of Casterly. “The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Casterly Rock is certainly there,” Martin said. “It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones”. According to legend previously referenced to in the GOT universe, Lann (the founder of House Lannister) “won Casterly Rock from the noble house of Casterly during the Age of Heroes” using “only his wits”. Here’s to hoping that storyline features prominently on the new series!

With all of this new information, we’re certain that the “Game of Thrones” prequel will perfectly scratch the itch that we’ve been having since the dear departure of our beloved fantasy series. Now, all that we have to do is wait for someone to leak information about the series premiere so we can send out invites to our watch party. Until then, we’ll just be re-watching old episodes on HBO.

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