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  • boblipton21 September 2014
    Lindsay Hartley is a book editor working out of Portland Oregon with a great head for pulling the best points out of a book and a lousy heart for picking guys to fall in love with. So, when her best friend calls her down to Los Angeles to edit best-selling author Morgan Fairchild's latest trashy romance novel, she finds herself trapped between Miss Fairchild's take-it-or-leave-it attitude and two guys. One of the guys looks perfect on paper; he's a rising entertainment lawyer. The other is a nice ne'er-do-well.

    Well, it's a Hallmark romantic comedy, so we know how it will turn out, complete with the well-mannered Black boy Lindsay and the nice guy mentor. Nonetheless, director Ron Oliver gets some good performances out of his actors. Morgan Fairchild shows some subtlety and frozen humor in her role, quite at odds with the writing. In fact, the script seems to have extraneous issues stripped out to pace the whole show faster and funnier than it rates to be.

    It's still not great, but it is a very watchable time-waster.
  • Oy! I love Hallmark Movies. They are a guilty, wonderful pleasure. However, the lead actress, Lindsay Hartley, is grossly miscast and horribly declamatory in this role. The acting is just so awful. I couldn't get past it to enjoy any part of the story. I see why this one airs rarely. Not a fan favorite.
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    This story had the potential to be one of the better Hallmark movies out there, but the questionable script and acting stopped Perfect on Paper from reaching it.

    I've never seen the lead actress in anything else, and have zero desire to. Her overexaggerated facial expressions were quite distracting. Hartley plays Natalie Holland, a book editor recruited from Oregon to Los Angeles to take on a new client Beverly Wilcox (Fairchild), a primadonna with a huge attitude. Drew Fuller, someone I have only seen in one of my favorite shows growing up, plays Coop, a seemingly laid back happy-go-lucky guy who just breezes through life with minimal effort or responsibility. Fuller made Coop a character we could root for, a bright spot in a sea of terrible supporting cast. The one standout was Eli, the kid whom Coop mentors. He is the reason I rated this movie as high as I did.

    Natalie came off as a gold-digging snob who thinks that everyone is beneath her, mostly because of her equally unlikable friend Avery...who took every opportunity to tell Natalie she needed to find someone with ambition and goals and who had great qualities on paper, not a surfing janitor/maintenance man. Towards the end of the movie, when it was discovered that Cooper wasn't what he originally seemed and she did a 180, it didn't help her case. Perhaps a better actress could have pulled that off, but Hartley was unable to. I don't suggest not watching it, but just make it a low priority on the DVR. Fuller, Fairchild, and Eli make this movie worth watching.
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    This one could have been so much better. It had some potential. Comic potential (the party scene where our heroine was starving and kept trying to get to some food); some potential for the always entertaining ugly duckling into a swan; a great old star (Morgan Fairchild) playing the powerful nemesis that is eventually won over; a very attractive and likable lead actor who played a likable character; and an interesting plot line clashing a romance author with our heroine, an editor trying to make her clients book better, but risking her popularity. There was a cute poor kid and a romantic rival for cutie who was a wolf in sheep's clothing. There was a nice appealing secondary couple as well. All of the usual elements of a hallmance when mixed with some good acting and a well cast troupe can add up to perfectly enjoyable 2 hours worthy of a rewatch in a year or two. Unfortunately, Lindsey Hartley was woefully miscast. She was too old, had the dark looks of a villainess, little comedy chops, and had her make-up applied like it was spackle. They needed a younger actress who could pass for a naïve and nerdy, but smart goofball a little out of her element in the big city. This casting blunder was made even more obvious because her supposed sophisticated and happily married boss was played by an actress 10 years younger. Had they switched roles, it would have gone a long way to making this twice as good. It's a shame, because everything else about the movie was on point.
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    The lead actress, Lindsay Hartley, seems way too old to be an entry level editor. And the makeup department absolutely covers her face in heavy makeup. I think she should stick with Lifetime movies. The one bright spot is the acting of Army Wives' Drew Fuller. His easygoing charm seems effortless. Another star for Morgan Fairchild. Timeless.
  • From the scenes, characters, the plot, down to the music, this movie is so much like The Devil Wears Prada. Very unoriginal.
  • Cinderella, the Prince Charming, the Witch ( bad- good). And a fake fairy tale , in the frame of editor work and generousity - anonymous - of a young philantropist. The film is saved by Morgan Fairchild , reminding more a character of Beverly novels than a writer of them. Lindsay Hartley is the worst option for the role of Natalie.
  • dg-otjen8 June 2019
    We watch a lot of Hallmark movies and we enjoy them. The lowest I've ever rated a Hallmark movie is a 6. This one, in my book, gets a "1". It is bad. No other Hallmark movie comes close to this one...I recommend you skip it!
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    The usual discussion of wealth versus a really productive life is well shown in this production.

    Morgan Fairchild steals the film in a supporting role as a bitchy writer who makes excessive demands on the people working with her. One such person is our young editor who moves to California and winds up working for the Wilcox character.

    Along the way, our young editor meets up with a guy sworn to help humanity, but instead seems to fall for the wealthy attorney. What a rude awakening she has when she finds out what the latter is up to.

    It's a matter of heart and commitment and both those virtues are memorably shown here.
  • ginasharp28 October 2020
    This is a very classic Hallmark "feel-good" movie just what I love! It had parts that made me lol, especially the married couple. If you love Hallmark, don't miss this one, totally worth a watch!