Perfect Man, The

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

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. Jeans reputation as a top-notch baker allows her to move wherever theres 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 Hollys imagination. This progresses to late-night chats on the computer until Holly realizes a photo will be needed to keep her moms interest. She picks handsome Ben (Chris Noth), who owns an upscale bistro. Holly finds herself in a web of deceit, albeit with good intentions. Young teens will find this imperfect film entertaining.

Even though the three are close and loving, Jeans two girls need a mother, not a boy-crazy big sister. Zoe longs to stay in one school long enough to compete in the school spelling bee, and Holly has never been to a school dance. Jean matures enough to realize how selfish she has been by teaching her children to run away from troubles rather than face them. Holly learns some important lessons as she tries to manipulate her mothers life, especially when she experiences her own first love and heartbreak. Like Mom, Holly wants to pack up and move. Lying about the virtual admirer causes a near disaster when Holly stops a wedding and creates havoc by turning on overhead sprinklers at a social gathering. A few questionable elements include an instance of profanity and an effeminate man who openly pursues other men in a comical way.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Universal Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Once mild (pee 1)

Profanity: Once moderate (MG 1)

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (man jokes about girls speed bumps)

Drugs: None

Other: Single mother learns to face troubles, teenager tries to fix mothers life with negative consequences, deceit and lies eventually catch up with the perpetrator

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Teenagers

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