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One of Hilary Duff's most attractive qualities is that she's not a borderline anorexic like too many Hollywood starlets; she has a warm, full-bodied presence that makes her dangerously glossy prettiness accessible. Similarly, Heather Locklear--who's been an iconic plastic blonde on television for decades--is cultivating a bruised humanity as she matures. These two combine forces inThe Perfect Man, a curious teen comedy/adult romance hybrid about a single mother named Jean (Locklear,Melrose Place) whose tactic for getting over a broken heart is to move to a different part of the country, uprooting her two daughters Holly and Zoe (Duff,Cheaper by the Dozen, and newcomer Aria Wallace) in the process. Holly, to keep her mother from falling into another desperate and doomed relationship, uses advice from a schoolfriend's uncle (Chris Noth,Sex and the City) to send Jean flowers and love letters from a secret admirer. Of course, sustaining this fantasy requires some wacky antics, butThe Perfect Manbalances goofiness with an emotional mother/daughter tug-of-war and has some entertaining supporting actors (including Caroline Rhea,Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Carson Kressley,Queer Eye for the Straight Guy). The plot, however, has holes so big that it collapses even as it unfolds.--Bret Fetzer
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CastHilary Duff, Chris Noth, Heather Locklear, Mike O'Malley, Aria Wallace
DirectorMark Rosman
Screen WriterGina Wendkos, Heather Robinson, Katherine Torpey, Michael McQuown
DVD Release Date:  November 1, 2005
Runtime:  100 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . November 08, 2005
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THE PERFECT MAN is another one of those fluff romantic comedies that just keep recycling - single mom and pseudorebellious daughter make everything work after plotted plans go astray. This is one of those films that you rent because the video store is closing and you need a somnolent-inducing DVD. But in the case of THE PERFECT MAN there are some nice surprises!    Jean Hamilton (Heather Locklear) is a 40ish single mom who bakes specialty cakes and can't land a man. Whenever …
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