Netflix’s The Good Date is a reasonably normal and completely gratifying rom-com that excels as a starring car for the charming Noah Centineo.

In 2018, Netflix discovered quite a lot of success in adapting modern younger grownup romance novels to feature-length unique films with The Kissing Sales space and To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than. Now, Netflix continues that pattern with its newest rom-com, The Perfect Date, an adaptation of Steve Bloom’s 2016 novel The Stand-In. Bloom co-wrote the script for The Good Date with newcomer Randall Inexperienced, whereas Chris Nelson (Ass Backwards, Date and Change) directed the movie. In contrast to many rom-coms, The Good Date facilities on a male foremost character and operates as half romantic comedy, half coming-of-age story. Netflix’s The Good Date is a reasonably normal and completely gratifying rom-com that excels as a starring car for the charming Noah Centineo.

Centineo stars in The Good Date as Brooks Rattigan, a highschool pupil with aspirations of entering into Yale and dwelling a powerful life – however the catch is he wants cash. He and his father, Charlie (Matt Walsh), reside a snug center class life, however Brooks goals of larger issues. When he affords to take the offbeat Celia Lieberman (Laura Marano) to her college formal in trade for cost, Brooks realizes there’s large enterprise in being a relationship stand-in. With the assistance of his finest pal Murph (Odiseas Georgiadis), Brooks launches The Stand-In app and lets ladies determine who he’ll be on every date. Nonetheless, as Brooks will get nearer to his targets of paying for Yale and getting the lady he needs, the wealthy and standard Shelby Tempo (Camila Mendes), he additionally grows extra distant from his associates and father. Ultimately, Brooks might be pressured to reexamine what precisely it’s that he needs out of life.

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Laura Marano and Noah Centineo in The Good Date

The Good Date is the sort of mix of coming-of-age story and romantic comedy that’s sometimes present in younger grownup books, and that combine helps to develop this film past a easy rom-com. Definitely, it has loads of the hallmarks of a rom-com. However The Good Date can also be surprisingly progressive, which is not all the time the case in a movie style that has up to now typically tended extra towards custom than difficult the norm. The film exhibits Brooks occurring a wide range of dates and by no means shaming the ladies he meets for his or her preferences, even when he does not all the time perceive them. And quite a lot of Brooks’ arc in The Good Date sees him creating the emotional intelligence wanted to construct, keep and, at sure factors, restore his numerous relationships. Combine the romantic implications of Brooks’ arduous gained emotional intelligence with the attraction of Centineo, and The Good Date turns into glorious rom-com escapism that matches completely into our present second of popular culture.

To make certain, The Good Date can also be an exemplary starring car for Centineo, who turned the subsequent large factor in Hollywood due to his breakout function as Peter Kavinsky in Netflix’s To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than. Although Brooks and Peter have little in widespread, each characters come to life due to Centineo’s performances and he infuses every with his pure charisma. With The Good Date, Centineo proves himself as an excellent rom-com lead for a brand new technology. What additional cements Centineo as a superb rom-com lead is he works properly reverse all his co-stars, and in The Good Date that is Marano as Celia. The 2 have quite a lot of chemistry and it helps elevate the film’s romantic storyline. After all, like many rom-coms, the aspect characters like Murph, Shelby and Brooks’ father do not get as a lot improvement, however they’re somewhat higher developed than supporting characters sometimes are in rom-coms. Nonetheless, Centineo is unequivocally the star and he shoulders that accountability with grace.

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Noah Centineo and Camila Mendes in The Good Date

The Good Date is not essentially an ideal romantic comedy, because it struggles with sure features of its foremost characters. The teen characters are very clearly teen characters as written by adults (adults with an eye-rolling aversion to cellphones and Instagram); there’s even a weird joke wherein Brooks asks, “What is a Reddit?” It solely works due to Centineo’s supply however nonetheless feels extremely out of contact with the fact of teenagers right this moment. Nonetheless, The Good Date is actually a rom-com that is indicative of how the style can proceed to develop with new writing and directing voices. The film faucets into the present cultural panorama in a compelling method to supply the escapist enjoyable viewers get from romantic comedies.

In the end, The Good Date matches properly into Netflix’s library of unique rom-coms, serving to to additional revive the style that is been struggling to evolve and make an influence during the last decade. It has all of the attraction viewers would count on of Centineo after his breakout function in To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than and permits him the chance to guide his personal rom-com – and he excels within the starring function. As such, The Good Date is a must-watch for any romantic comedy or Centineo followers, nevertheless it’s additionally worthy viewing for anybody with solely a passing curiosity within the style or actor. Basically, The Good Date is ideal for Netflix date evening – whether or not that is a date with a major different, associates or your self.


The Good Date is now streaming on Netflix. It’s 89 minutes lengthy.

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Our Score:

three out of 5 (Good)