A Perfect Pairing
By Jennifer Green,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kissing, drinking in tame romance set Down Under.
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to move on and learn to trust again after heartbreak. Follow your instincts. Be true to yourself. It's OK to make mistakes and fail. People deserve a second chance. Hard labor bears fruit. Working outside can bring peace and awaken your senses.
Positive Role Models
Lola sees the best in people, knows how to forgive. She never quits, tries her hardest at everything she does. Her dad raised her as a single father, worked hard to give her a good life. Max has tried to be a better man since his wayward youth and the death of his mother. He keeps his identity a secret because people treat him differently when they know about his background, but this means he's often alone. The farm laborers are a supportive, fun-loving bunch.
Set in Australia; majority of cast is Australian. Lead character is Latina, raised by a single father in Los Angeles, and is a successful businesswoman. She champions a women's collective vineyard from Uruguay. Hazel is also successful -- "lady boss" -- though it's revealed that she had a male investor who made her success possible. Two women are expecting a baby and get married.
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Violence & Scariness
People fall down and encounter deadly snakes, but nobody is injured. A mom died of cancer. A fistfight breaks out at a bar: People punch and hit, slam each other against tables, break chairs over heads.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults flirt and couples kiss. Lola's ex-husband cheated on her. A woman talks about never sleeping with another bartender. Someone uses the word "shag." Lola eyes Max when he has his shirt off.
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"Damn," "bastard," "badass," "cocky," "butt," and "oh my God" as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Brands mentioned or seen include Kroger, Chuck E. Cheese, Ritz-Carlton, Fortune 500, Marlboro, 7-Eleven, Girl Scouts, Airbnb, Skype, the New York Times, Pinterest, Vegemite, and Mac.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main characters work in the wine business, and they often drink and discuss wine. Farm laborers drink beer around a campfire. A group gets drunk on shots at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Perfect Pairing is a family-friendly romance starring Victoria Justice and Adam Demos that's set against the worlds of Australian sheep farming and wine importing. Thanks to the latter, there's lots of tasting and discussion of wines. Characters also drink beer and get drunk on shots at a bar, where a fight breaks out. Adults flirt, couples kiss, and two women are expecting a baby and planning to get married. A woman talks about never sleeping with another bartender. Someone uses the word "shag." Most of the characters can be seen as positive models. Main character Lola (Justice) is Latina and was raised by a single dad who worked hard and never gave up. And her love interest, Max (Demos), has tried to be a better man since his wayward youth and his mother's death. The people who work on the farm have a friendly communal atmosphere. Language includes "damn," "bastard," "badass," "cocky," "butt," and "oh my God."
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What's the Story?
Lola Alvarez (Victoria Justice) is a successful wine executive in Los Angeles who gets a lead on an Australian vineyard looking for a new importer in A PERFECT PAIRING. When her workmate steals her idea and presents it as her own, Lola quits her job and decides to go after the Australian account independently. She travels to the vineyard's rural location and, after an initial rejection from the winery owner, Hazel Vaughn (Samantha Tolj), takes up a temporary laborer job on the Vaughn family farm to try to prove her mettle. There, she's overseen by the handsome boss, Max (Adam Demos), and hazed by a group of fun-loving, hard-working laborers. As Lola and Max find themselves attracted to one another, Hazel pushes Max to reveal a secret he's been keeping from everyone, Lola included.
Is It Any Good?
This good-natured, Australia-set romance banks on viewers wanting low-effort, formulaic fare that's pleasant, predictable, and easy on the eyes. In fact, A Perfect Pairing is strikingly similar in storyline, tone, and even lead actor (Demos) to the 2019 Netflix title Falling Inn Love. The formula has been improved, though, and Pairing is the more engaging feature, thanks in large part to former Nickelodeon star Justice. She appears in almost every scene and is relatable and charming, though not entirely believable working the farm in perfect hair and makeup. The location is stunning, and the communal cast is affable though thinly developed and largely forgettable.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Lola's business sense in A Perfect Pairing. What traits make her successful?
Why does Max keep his identity a secret? Do you think concealing it was the right thing to do? Why, or why not?
What are some Australian expressions and words used in the film? Do you know any others?
Where was this movie filmed? Where could you find out more information about that area?
- On DVD or streaming: May 19, 2022
- Cast: Victoria Justice, Adam Demos, Samantha Tolj
- Director: Stuart McDonald
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals
- Run time: 102 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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