Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura, Paula Patton, Donald Faison, Lauren London, Dascha Polanco, French Montana, Brandy Norwood, Robin Givens, Casper Smart, Draya Michele, Kali Hawk, Chantel Jeffries, Timothy Delaghetto and Joe Pantoliano make up the cast of the Queen Latifah/Flavor Unit-produced rom-com, “The Perfect Match.”
Bille Woodruff directed the film from a script written by Gary Hardwick and Brandon Broussard, based on a screenplay by Dana Verde.
Lionsgate/Codeblack Films have set a March 11, 2016 release date for the film which follows Charlie (Terrence J), a playboy who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love… until he crosses paths with Eva (Cassie Ventura). Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Now Charlie is questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand.
It reads very much like an idea that we’ve watched a number of different versions of: “Boomerang,” “Two Can Play That Game” (and its sequel), “Hitch,” “Think Like a Man,” and several other rom-coms starring black actors we’ve seen over the years, both Hollywood-made and indie; each one, while not exactly the same, are essentially frothy “battle of the sexes” tales that seem so cliché in 2016.
In fact, both Patton and Jenkins featured in a few of these past rom-coms.
But maybe this one comes with a surprise twist on the formula.
Latifah, Jenkins, Patton are producers along with Shakim Compere, Alex Avant and Yaneley Arty.