While, in some ways, A Perfect Pairing skirts around certain formulaic elements, in the end, it’s your usual safe and simple romance.


Director(s) Stuart McDonald
Screenplay By Hilary Galanoy, Elizabeth Hackett
Date Released (Netflix) 5/19/2022
Genre(s) Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
Duration 1 Hour and 42 Minutes
Content Rating TV-14
Noted Cast
Lola Victoria Justice
Calder Craig Horner
Audra Lucy Durack
Hazel Samantha Cain
Max Adam Demos

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Film Summary

Lola has had it. Between her boss Calder and her backstabbing co-worker Audra, she decides to quit Mythos Wines and go out on her own and start Salud Imports. The risk seems worth it, at first, due to the freedom Lola feels, especially away from Calder’s tyranny. However, her savings account can only go so far, so she needs a client, a major one.

Enter Vaughn Wines, an Australian winery owned by Hazel Vaughn, a Fortune 500 company CEO. Lola heard her wine is more than a vanity project before she quit Mythos, so she comes up with a plan to win Hazel over. However, Max decides to get in her way, but with being someone difficult to dissuade, Lola perseveres, and when Max reveals to Hazel they are down a hand, Lola volunteers to pitch in to prove herself.

What she didn’t expect, though, was to fall in love with Australia and potentially Max.

Things To Note

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Cursing (Implied, but not outright said), Miscellaneous (Drinking)

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Lola

Lola (Victoria Justice) trying to work with Hazel
Lola (Victoria Justice)

Divorced for two years but killing it at work, Lola is enjoying life for the most part. Since working as a waitress and then becoming a sommelier, she has embedded herself into the wine industry, and after her boss pisses her off, she decides to go on her own and live up to her potential.

Calder

Calder (Craig Horner) with a evil smirk
Calder (Craig Horner)

Calder runs Mythos Wines and rather foster competition amongst his employees than camaraderie. Thus leading to many being on high alert at all times and stressed out.

Audra

Audra is Lola’s unreliable friend who knows Calder isn’t fond of her, and is likely to fire her soon. So when she gets desperate, she does what she must to keep her job.

Hazel

Hazel (Samantha Cain) playing pool with Max
Hazel (Samantha Cain)

A business school graduate with a Fortune 500 company, Hazel Vaughn’s wine company originally was seen as another vanity label. However, between her and Max, it has become a premiere wine from Australia.

Max

Max (Adam Demos) trying to win Lola back
Max (Adam Demos)

Max handles the grounds of Hazel’s home and manages the workers, but he also holds a secret tied to his rebellious past.

Review

Highlights

It’s Comical, But Rarely Ridiculous

Are there slapstick moments, like we see in the trailer when Lola does something dumb? Yes. However, for the most part, the film doesn’t pursue the comedy being physical but rather just a bit of a culture clash. After all, these aren’t posh Australians, even if some have money. They’re very comfortable in the bush, which means many things are lost in translation, and because Lola is a city girl, her trying to catch up is comical to watch. Especially as she starts to be more than a spectator and begins joining in.

Max and Lola Are Cute Enough

There isn’t bombastic, butterfly-inducing chemistry there in the least when it comes to Justice and Demos. There is compatibility and just enough believability there for you to get invested in their relationship. Mind you, it is tame, follows the usual trajectory all romance films do and ends how you expect. But if you don’t like overly complicated films, they deliver something nice and simple.

On The Fence

Audra

Audra (Lucy Durack) making a face
Audra (Lucy Durack)

It’s understood that Audra should be seen as someone between a rock and a hard place. Calder seems ready to fire her for not being Lola, so her having to choose between her job and friendship is a hard choice. Lola understands this, but it would be one thing if Audra stabbed Lola in the back only once, but with her doing it multiple times? It makes what happens at the end of the film a little too sunshine and daisies for our taste.

Who Is This For?

Those who like cheesy romances that have a Hallmark movie vibe.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Title Card - A Perfect Pairing (2022)
A Perfect Pairing (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
A Perfect Pairing is a quantity movie. It's not trying to shake up the romance genre or set up to be a big-time Netflix hit. It's just a cute romance to watch once and forget about, but justify your Netflix subscription since it would be cheaper than going out to the theater.
Highlights
It's Comical, But Rarely Ridiculous
Max and Lola Are Cute Enough
Disputable
Audra
79


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