'The Perfect Date': Will Netflix's golden boy Noah Centineo be able to break away from stereotypical rom-com roles?

With Netflix's summer rom-com 'The Perfect Date' just around the corner, it's high time Centineo does a rethink on on the roles he is choosing


                            'The Perfect Date': Will Netflix's golden boy Noah Centineo be able to break away from stereotypical rom-com roles?

'The Perfect Date', next Netflix rom-com to star teen heartthrob Noah Centineo in the lead role, has made fans of 'To All the Boys I Have Loved Before' actor very happy.

Centineo plays high school student Brooks Rattigan, who wants to go to Yale and date the most popular girl in school, but things don't work out as planned.

Not until he gets the idea of starting an app, which sets him up with women who want a date for any occasion - in exchange for payment, of course. He is saving up for Yale, and so doesn't mind going out with different women every day to a variety of events.

While the plot of the film is interesting and may make for a fun and entertaining watch, Centineo plays the same role he has portrayed before - a high school boy who overcomes millennial adversities to understand who he really is and what he really wants.

A poster of Netflix's upcoming film 'The Perfect Date'. (Source: IMDb)
A poster of Netflix's upcoming film 'The Perfect Date'. (Source: IMDb)

 

We don't mind Centineo gracing our screens while we 'Netflix and Chill', but a word of caution is called for here. Netflix is cashing in on the actor's massive fan following, and for now, he is being referred to as everyone's dream boyfriend.

So casting him in roles that plays on this image makes total sense when you think of selling movies, but should the actor continue to work on films that might end up stereotyping him?

After 'The Perfect Date', Noah will also be a part of the sequel to 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'.

He also starred in a film titled 'Swiped' in which he played a college student who gets his smart roommate to make an app dedicated to helping students hook up.



 

 

If one was to do a Noah Centineo marathon, it is going to get pretty repetitive after the second film. Is this what the actor should aim for? His performances in the films have been appreciated and this is his chance to look out for roles that would further spotlight his skills compared to the image that he has built so far.

He will not be able to remain everyone's favorite boyfriend for too long, and it is necessary for him to choose varied roles to avoid being labeled as one-dimensional when it comes to his craft.



 

Noah was the flavor of last summer, and if responses to the trailer of 'The Perfect Date' are anything to go by, he is the flavor this season too. But the question is how sustainable is this iniformity.

While Peter Kavinsky's place as a wholesome boyfriend will forever be etched in pop culture, Noah Centineo needs a change. Can he sign films of different genres already to keep his fans' interest in him alive? This is something we will have to wait and watch.