Actors: Michael Ealy, Charles Dutton, Sanaa Lathan, Kathryn Morris, Rutina Wesley
Director: David Rosenthal
Producers: Wendy Rhoads, Darryl Taja, Tommy Oliver, Nicole Rocklin
Format: Blu-ray, Subtitled
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Audio Description: English
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2018
Run Time: 100 minutes
The Perfect Guy is competently made, and as I watched it I began to think that critics had given the mildly amusing genre film a bad rap. Then days later I sat down to write my thoughts on the film and found that the bland safety of the narrative had left little impression on my mind. Forced to think about it, of course I was able to remember what had happened, but this is definitely the type of movie you are more likely to have memories of your experience watching the film than anything in the narrative itself. My experience was moderately enjoyable, despite being aware I was watching a film both predictable and generic to a fault.
This latest in the ‘sexy stalker’ thriller sub-genre may swap the typical gender expectations, but it just ends up blending in with many other ‘women in danger’ narratives in many other suspense films. Successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) breaks up with her boyfriend (Morris Chestnut in a completely useless role) when he refuses to commit, so she begins dating a charming stranger she meets at a coffee shop. Carter (Michael Ealy) seems like the perfect guy, winning over Leah’s family and friends in record time. Everything is going perfectly until Leah witnesses Carter’s violent side, appearing suddenly over petty jealousy.
Leah quickly attempts to cut ties with Carter, making him even more persistent in his advances. Stalking elevates into intrusion, all remaining non-violent until Leah decides to give her old boyfriend a second chance and this brings out Carter’s jealous side. The final act resolves in a predictable show of female empowerment against the aggressor, especially after the perfunctory scenes of the police telling her they can’t help her. It is all fairly by-the-numbers, though there are worse things to watch with a bowl of popcorn on a Saturday night.
The Blu-ray release comes with a digital copy of the film, along with the extra included on the disc. There is only a making-of featurette, every bit as generic as the film itself. The featurette includes interviews with the cast.
Entertainment Value: 6.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 2/10