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This feel-good Netflix movie just hit No. 2 with 33 million viewing hours

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Netflix is offering subscribers some big movies this month including the Rebel Wilson lead comedy Senior Year and reality prank sequel Jackass 4.5. Both these flicks have been well received by viewers, but there’s a surprising third entry in the mix that is also competing for the top spot. 

A Perfect Pairing is an appropriately titled feel-good film, offering the carefree watch we could all do with right now. This fizzy romantic comedy stars Victoria Justice and Adam Demos as pair of outrageously good-looking people who meet and fall for enough each despite the circumstances being less than ideal. 

In this case, A Perfect Pairing follows an enthusiastic LA wine executive named Lola (Justice) who travels to Australia in order to secure a major client for her company. While down under she agrees to work on a sheep farm to win over the potential business partner and sparks fly with rugged and mysterious local, Max (Demos). It’s got all the trademarks of a Hallmark movie, only with a slightly higher production budget. 

Of course, the pair start off at odds; Max isn’t fond of Lola’s big-city ways, while Lola finds Max closed-off and more than a little bit rude. But soon those walls tumble down and things get a little bit steamy. Don’t worry though, this isn’t 365 Days: This Day levels of smut, things are kept at a family-friendly TV-14 level. 

The film was released last week without a great deal of fanfare from the streamer itself, but it quickly found a very receptive audience. In fact, in its first week on Netflix, the film has racked up 33 million viewing hours (via top10netflix (opens in new tab)), and that number is only growing as it continues to climb the Netflix top 10 most-watched movies list. 

Unfortunately, it's not all good news for A Perfect Pairing, as critics haven’t been quite so kind to the sparkling rom-com. It currently scores 57% on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab). But any genre fan will tell you that these films aren’t made for the critics and based on social media reaction it would seem that plenty of Netflix subscribers have found the film going down a treat. 

In other streaming news: we've got an Obi-Wan Kenobi review roundup so you can see if it's worth the wait. Also, we have to wait until July to watch the next Better Call Saul episode, and we've rounded up the 5 best new movies to stream this week to keep you watching.

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.