The Perfect Date

The Perfect Date is a 2019 American teen romantic comedy film, directed by Chris Nelson from a screenplay by Steve Bloom and Randall Green. It is based on the novel The Stand-In by Steve Bloom, published by Carolrohda Lab in October 2017. The film stars Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Odiseas Georgiadis and Matt Walsh. It was released on April 12, 2019, by Netflix.

The Perfect Date
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Promotional release poster
Directed byChris Nelson
Produced by
  • Matt Kaplan
  • John Tomko
Screenplay by
  • Steve Bloom
  • Randall Green
Story bySteve Bloom
Based onThe Stand-In
by Steve Bloom
Music byJoe Wong
CinematographyBartosz Nalazek
Edited by
  • Brad Wilhite
  • Tara Timpone
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • April 12, 2019 (2019-04-12) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5.7 million[1]


Brooks Rattigan is a high school senior, with dreams of getting into Yale, while his father, Charlie wants him to go to the University of Connecticut, which offered Brooks a full scholarship. He works at a sub shop with his best friend, programmer Murph, but financing his college dreams proves troubling. Brooks seizes the opportunity to make some extra money by posing as the boyfriend of his classmate's wealthy cousin Celia Lieberman of Greenwich. He finds he has a knack for dating with his adaptable personality. He meets beautiful but snobby Shelby and makes it his goal to win her over. Celia lies to Shelby and tells her Brooks is from Darien rather than working class Bridgeport.

He and Murph launch an app, selling himself as the plus-one for all occasions. After finding out that Celia has a crush on Franklin Volley, they set up a plan to fake break-up, in which each of them gets to be with Shelby and Franklin respectively. As business booms for Brooks, Murph feels neglected and cuts Brooks off. Celia sets up an interview for Brooks at Yale, and is upset when she finds out that he researched the Dean previously and lied to him in order to be liked. Brooks justifies it, saying that it is no different from what he has been doing with his app.

Celia realizes that Franklin is not the person for her, however does not tell Brooks. When they conduct their fake break up, she is hurt by his words, and slaps him. Brooks is under the impression that it is all an act.

Following the "break-up", Shelby kisses Brooks and asks him to accompany her to her school formal. The two find it difficult to relate to one another and struggle to hold a conversation. At the formal, Brooks sees Leah, a girl who had used his app to "practice dating." She reveals all about Brooks' app to Shelby, who is offended and disgusted by the theme of Brooks' app. He reveals to Shelby that he is not from the wealthy town that she believes he is from, and that he needs the money to go to Yale. She calls him a liar and leaves.

Brooks approaches Celia, who was also at the dance. She declines his offer to dance, and says that she is not a backup. He returns home and talks to his dad about what has been going on in his life. His dad reminds him that nobody truly knows who they are, and admits to Brooks that he is proud of who his son is becoming.

Brooks decides to accept UConn's offer, because if he has to pretend to be somebody else to go to Yale, he does not want to go. Brooks makes up with Murph. He also meets up with Celia and writes a letter to her, where he reflects on how his previous ambitions were to drive the fanciest car, go to the nicest school, and date the prettiest girl. But he has revealed that these ambitions made him a bad friend, an ungrateful son, and a self-obsessed person. He writes that the times when he felt the most himself was when he was with Celia and wants to be with her.

Celia visits Brooks at home and apologizes for slapping him. The two then go to the sub sandwich restaurant which has been retrofitted for a party, with Murph and Tuna Melt (Murph's crush and regular customer of the sub shop) in attendance. Murph reveals his admission to UConn and Brooks reconciles with Celia, sharing a kiss. The four then continue to dance until the end of the film.


  • Noah Centineo as Brooks Rattigan
  • Laura Marano as Celia Lieberman
  • Odiseas Georgiadis as Murph
  • Camila Mendes as Shelby Pace
  • Matt Walsh as Charlie Rattigan
  • Joe Chrest as Jerry Lieberman
  • Carrie Lazar as Lilian Lieberman
  • Alex Biglane as Tuna Melt on Seven Grain
  • Blaine Kern III as Franklin
  • Zak Steiner as Reece
  • Ty Parker as Cartelli
  • Wayne Péré as Mr. Newhouse
  • Autumn Walker as Leah
  • Ivan Hoey Jr. as Larry


In March 2018, it was announced Noah Centineo, Camila Mendes, Laura Marano, Matt Walsh and Odiseas Georgiadis had joined the cast of the film, then titled The Stand-In after its source novel, with Chris Nelson directing from a screenplay by Steve Bloom and Randall Green.[2][3] In January 2019, it was reported that Netflix had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film, retitled The Perfect Date.[4]

Principal photography began in March 2018, in New Orleans.[5]


The Perfect Date was released on April 12, 2019.[6][7] In July 2019, Netflix reported that the film was viewed by 48 million households in its first four weeks of release.[8][9]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 65% based on 17 reviews, and an average rating of 5.92/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it may not be the perfect romcom, The Perfect Date's endearing leads still manage to show viewers a fun — if overly familiar — time."[10]


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  3. ^ Galuppo, Mia (March 27, 2018). "'Riverdale' Actress Camila Mendes, Matt Walsh to Star in 'The Stand-In'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Netflix Acquires Noah Centineo, Laura Marano and Camila Mendes Starrer 'The Perfect Date' From Awesomeness Films and Ace Entertainent". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Riverdale Star Camila Mendes Lands Role in The Stand-In Along with Noah Centineo, Laura Marano and Matt Walsh". The Tracking Board. March 27, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Humayun, Maheen (April 20, 2019). ""The Perfect Date" is only perfect in movies, and why rom-coms still need to do better". The Tempest. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Do you want to go on The Perfect Date". March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 17, 2019). "Netflix Reveals Viewer Data For 'Our Planet', 'Dead To Me', 'Always Be My Maybe', More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (July 16, 2020). "Netflix reveals its 10 most-watched original movies to date". Polygon. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "The Perfect Date (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 17, 2019.

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