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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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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez continues her reign as a Netflix producer with Living Undocumented. It is always great when celebrities use their platforms to enrich and educate. Gomez has a huge platform and can generate huge numbers. 13 Reasons Why blew Netflix’s expectations out of the water, and I can’t help but think it’s because of Gomez’s enormous Instagram following. The girl has reach. 

As you might have guessed, Living Undocumented is a documentary series that follows the lives of undocumented immigrants as they navigate life under the looming threat of increasingly cruel immigration policies and ICE raids.

Selena Gomez announces Living Undocumented on Instagram

“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2,” Gomez wrote.

Living Undocumented 

Living Undocumented will focus on eight undocumented families. Premiering on October 2nd on Netflix, the show will chronicle the families as they face possible deportation. The narratives will range from hopeful to infuriating, but the series will put a human face on a dehumanized group of people. 

It cannot be said again that the United States has always struggled with two contradictory narratives: the one where it is a beacon of hope for the tired, hungry, and poor, versus the one where it has upheld numerous racist and xenophobic immigration policies. This is an issue that predates Trumpito, even if he has kicked it into it’s most degrading form. 

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

Gomez is joined by executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady. Chai will also co-direct the series.

“Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”

Humanizing immigrants is key

People don’t just bring guns into Walmarts to kill 22 innocent humans beings for no reason. It is no secret that President Trump’s dehumanizing language was a catalyst for the El Paso shooting. The suspect whose name shall not be invoked told officers he was looking to kill “Mexicans.” Mexicans — the Latinxs Trump referred to as rapists and criminals. The mass murderer also said he wanted to stop a “Hispanic Invasion,” in his manifesto. Trump called Central Americans “invaders.” 

According to Pew Research Center, this year they found that 58 percent of Latinx adults say they experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Across all races and ethnic groups, two-thirds of individuals surveyed say that expressing racist views has become more common since Trump was elected. 

This year, at a Trump rally, supporters were cheering about shooting immigrants. 

“How do you stop these people?” Trump asks. Then someone yelled back, “Shoot them.” Trump smiled. The crowd cheered. Three months later, the El Paso shooting took 22 lives.

“The language that criminalizes and makes Latinos out to be evil is affecting our own citizens and it’s going to have both short- and long-term consequences that we are starting to see in the Latino population,” Elizabeth Vaquera, an associate professor at George Washington University who studies vulnerable groups, told the Washington Post.

A Bipartisan Non-Issue Becomes A Partisan Issue

This immigration “issue” started off as a hoax but through Trump’s horrible policies he created this new immigration crisis. In 2017, when Trump took office, migrants arrested at the border were at the lowest level in three decades. 

Three former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrote in Politico, the border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

 “It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis.” 

Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 80 percent of Democrats view the fact that the majority of the United States will be nonwhite by 2045 as a good thing, while 61 percent of Republicans say it is bad. 

The barrage of harmful rhetoric has turned what was not even a problem into a national crisis with opinions straddling partisan lines, and a heightened hatred of Latinx people. Living Undocumented might be exactly what this country needs. 

In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

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In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

Netflix just dropped an amazing documentary that follows the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte as they visit Folsom Prison in California, and perform for the inmates. Of course, this is a political act in itself: performing to those who are serving a sentence is going against conservative views that inmates should be isolated from society. This is particularly relevant in the Trump era, as convicted felons are stripped of their humanity in political discourse, oftentimes with racial and racist connotations. 

The famous Johnny Cash played a concert there 50 years ago, a great political statement at the time.

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Cash swore at and denounced the authorities in his groundbreaking performance at the Folsom Prison cafeteria. He was just spectacular, calling out mistreatment of prisoners and making inmates feel heard. Even though he didn’t go to prison himself, he often wrote songs about incarceration and received dozens of letters from prisoners. What a legend. The original Man in Black! 

Things have changed: over 40% of the inmates today are Latino. Enter Los Tigres del Norte.

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The prison population encountered by Cash was mostly Black and white, and only a few Latinos spent their days behind Folsom’s bars. But the population is vastly different today, and Latino faces are seen everywhere. For the concert, Los Tigres dressed in black, honoring the memory of Cash. “Doing this job inside the prison is a very significant thing for us. We sing true stories and everything we’ve recorded we try to make it from the pure heart, taken from the feelings of the human being,” said Jorge Hernandez, vocalist and accordionist, to CD Noticias Financieras. 

And they opened the show with their own version of the iconic Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues.”

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The documentary starts with full engines on. Los Tigres, with the Cash family blessing, reimagined “Folsom Prison Blues” and gave it a Mexican saborcito that is just a delight. The banjo is replaced by the iconic accordion and the inmates shed a tear when listening to the story in Spanish: a man is imprisoned in Folsom and listens to a train full of rich people go by. He knows he will never be on that train and that he will die behind bars.

As reported by CE Noticias Financieras: “The first single from the album, ‘La Prisión de Folsom (Folsom Prision Blues)’ is the first Spanish-language version of Johnny Cash’s classic song, created with the support of his son, John Carter Cash,and written in collaboration with Ana Cristina Cash,daughter-in-law of the artist”. 

Los Tigres del Norte sing about marginalized individuals.

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Their corridos, some of which are controversial for humanizing cartel members, talk of rags to riches stories, but also of the many perils faced by undocumented migrants. Many prisoners at Folsom could relate. Ay, dolor. 

And the documentary shows plenty of heartbreaking stories.

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Songs such as “La jaula de oro” (about an undocumented worker feeling trapped un the United States) are intercut with the inmates’ own stories of regret, redemption and loss. The first half focuses on the male population while the second explores the lives of female inmates. Many of them have found redemption in religion, while others have had to dig deep into their family past to unearth the reasons behind their crimes. 

But there are also stories of redemption.

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The most teary and joyful moment of the documentary comes when a prisoner who used to be a musician shares the stage with Los Tigres. He gets the self respect he has been fighting his demons for since he was imprisoned for murder. It is a tender moment in which he probably gained the respect of all the other reclusos as well. 

Many inmates were put there because of the three-strike rule.

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Some of the stories point to a fundamental fault in the system whereby no matter how small your crime is, if you got other two convictions under your belt you end up in jail. Harsh and also a rule that seems to target marginalized communities that don’t get enough help to straighten the path.

Los Tigres spent some quality time with the inmates, showing us that we all deserve a second chance.

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Los Tigres del Norte have been blamed for glorifying crime and his songs have been banned in places like the Mexican state of Chihuahua. However, by seeing them laugh with and hug a group of inmates we realize that they are just able and willing to find human kindness in everyone. Sometimes, they say, all someone needs is to be heard. 

Of course, social media is going crazy about the documentary, particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Even though the documentary has only been available for a few days, Twitter has exploded with positive reviews. 

The music is almost irrelevant compared to the strong political message “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” sends.

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And people are noticing. The documentary will surely spark discussions around the penitentiary system in the United States and the lives of Latinos in the face of inequality. 

And it is bringing families together.

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Can we join you and sing hasta el amanecer

And of course it is giving la raza all the feels.

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We are right there with you, Gabinha. 

Puro Orgullo Mexicano!

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Gracias, Netflix.