The Perfect Guy (2015)
When Leah (Sanaa Lathan) and Dave (Morris Chestnut) decide to break up after 2 years, she decides to focus primarily on her successful career. After about 2 months, she meets Carter (Michael Ealy) at a bar and they hit it off great. He says the right things, acts like a gentleman and even Leah’s parents love him, that is, until Carter snaps one night and assaults a man for looking at his girl (and car) for no reason. From then on, Leah wants out of the relationship, but Carter can’t handle this and won’t let her go. Leah can’t get Carter to leave her alone as he harasses her every chance he can get. Leah has no choice but to go to the police and take action herself by having Dave return to her life.
So this story isn’t anything new. I’ve seen the “crazy ex stalker” type movie plenty of times (Crush, Fear, Enough) and they all seem to go the same way. Heck, even The Boy Next Door that came out in 2015 has a similar idea and critics destroyed that movie as did I. Does this movie have enough to keep you entertained and enjoying the tense ride? In a round about way, yes!
I was actually surprised with how much I ended up liking this movie. Don’t get me wrong, the story is very simple and tiresome and the first 30 minutes are a bore, but once the movie switches from a romance to a thriller, it does its job well. It is tense and suspenseful when it needs to be. This movie offers us characters we can relate to and Leah is someone we feel for as we put ourselves in her shoes. I kept thinking the whole time I was watching this movie, “who is crazier? Carter or that chick from Gone Girl,” and I must say, I don’t know… Carter is a freaking nutball and someone to fear quite a bit!
For those of you looking for something “new” or “original,” you are going to be disappointed, but rest assure, The Perfect Guy does the job quite well and will entertain highly throughout the 2nd half of the film. I still don’t understand how movies like this get dogged by critics when movies like The Guest have similar ideas but are praised. I couldn’t stand that movie, but I actually recommend this one. Co-starring Charles S. Dutton and John Getz.
7/10 Stars – Might not be original or new, but it provides characters we can sympathize with as the tension ramps up!