Review by Paris Jade
What do you get when you match a man who has trouble keeping a girlfriend with a girl with multiple personalities? Starring Tyler Johnson and Bonnie Piesse, My Perfect Girlfriend answers that question with some of the most awkward acting you've ever seen.
The film starts with narration from Conrad's best friend Will, played by Keston John. This is where the awkwardness immediately begins. Will is barely in this movie, and for some reason, the creators decided to have him narrate the love story of Conrad and Molly even though he only gets one or two interactions with the couple. Bonnie Piesse does a great job of playing multiple characters and is a good actress; however, Tyler Johnson feels way too awkward when it comes to playing opposite Piesse. It sometimes seemed like it was just the character, but a lot of it felt way too forced and made Johnson seem like a bad actor, and you can't really feel the chemistry between the two leads.
Other than the awkward interactions, the actual story itself is a cute one. As unnecessary as Will's narration feels, it brings you right into the story and immediately grabs your attention, primarily because you're questioning why there is narration in the first place. It throws you off, but after that, you start to get into the actual story. It seems this film does an okay job at its representation of people with dissociative identity disorder. They use the correct terminology and treat it normally in the movie instead of treating it like it's a terrible thing, and any person with it can be a killer like many Hollywood tries to depict. Showing how the real disorder could be and how Conrad deals with his partner having it was well executed, and hopefully, people with DID can appreciate it.
My Perfect Girlfriend isn't for everyone, but I believe the casual moviegoer could enjoy it if they like a simple romance with a bit of a twist. If it weren't for the lack of chemistry between the actors, you could genuinely see this as a real couple. They go through real issues and feel like real people, and at times you do feel like you could be watching an actual couple's journey through their relationship. They both go through mental struggles and learn to find their way around them. It's a cute film and will probably make you smile, but it's not a must-see. If you have the time and feel like seeing a nice romance, give it a gander.
My Perfect Girlfriend is now in theaters and hits VOD on August 9.