Perfect Match (2015)

Paul Greene has a secure place on my Hallmark all-star team, but even I have a hard time getting through Perfect Match. I like the pairing between him and co-star Danica McKellar and the plot is as workable as any other, but Greene’s character is so, well, out of character. He plays Adam Parker, an event planner who doesn’t seem to know all that much about event planning. On top of that, he’s kind of a dude, a thirtysomething who can’t wait to join his little brother’s tailgate and maybe shotgun a beer, or ten. Adam is an awkward fit for Greene, not because he can’t play such characters but because this one’s such a nonsensical mess.

It would help if Adam was better at his job. Weddings aren’t in his wheelhouse, but he agrees to help his cousin, Paul (a giddy Anthony Konechny), who’s outnumbered by his fiancée (Elise Gatien) and mother (Linda Gray). Both want a lavish, traditional affair with champagne cake and pink bowties. Paul, however, wants his wedding to be less of a cupcake and hopes Adam can help broker a compromise.

Problems arise between Adam and the actual wedding planner, Jessica (McKellar), when he proposes a sports/cook-out-themed nuptials. His good planning sense seems to have gone out the window with this new assignment, and Jessica grows frustrated with his impractical suggestions and complete disregard for the bride’s tastes. Apparently his organizing skills don’t extend beyond zombie walks and anglers’ conventions, yet we’re to take it on face value that he’s in the right line of work.

Adam and Jessica’s contrasting styles lead to an inevitable clash, and soon they critique other aspects their lives. He takes issue with her tendency to over-schedule while she accuses him of being too laid back. Adam is the type who plans his vacation with a map and a dart and can’t imagine how Jessica can live without spontaneity. She gets her thrills elsewhere though, namely vision boards and weekly menus, and anyway, she believes in love and romance, something Adam could do without.

There’s a version of this story that works and even one that stars McKellar and Greene. Campfire Kiss, for example, boasts a passable version of these characters. You can have two people who butt heads because of their outlook and style, but they should at least be consistent. Adam is cobbled together based on random conflicts the plot needs and, as a result, comes off as erratic and annoying. He’s only likeable because of Greene’s calming presence, which blunts his character’s worst qualities.

Released: 2015
Dir: Ron Oliver
Writer: Patricia Resnick
Cast: Danica McKellar, Paul Greene, Graham Verchere, Elise Gatien, Anthony Konechny, Linda Gray, Nelson Wong
Time: 84 min
Lang: English
Country: United States
Network: Hallmark Channel
Reviewed: 2019

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