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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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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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