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The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy
Starring:
Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Tess Harper, Kathryn Morris, Rutina Wesley and Holt McCallany


Rated: PG-13 for violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date:  September 11, 2015 Released by: Sony Pictures

Sanaa Lathan is Leah a 36 year old very successful business woman who hears her clock ticking and wants to begin a family as soon as possible. That leads her to seek The Perfect Guy when Michael Ealy as Carter comes along.

Initially we find Leah in a long standing relationship with Morris Chestnut as Dave which fractures when she demands they commit to a family before any more time passes.  At 36 she will be at least 57 when their first child reaches twenty and is college.  Dave is not ready and leaves the relationship.  Leah meats up with her two friends Karen (Kathryn Morris from TV's Cold Case) and Alicia played by Rutina Wesley they discuss her situation.  Leah is very attractive has a very successful position a spectacular home and respect from her friends and colleagues and she wonders, where is the person for me and why she couldn't convince Dave to stay and make their relationship permanent.

Along comes Michael Ealy as Carter who is "The Perfect Guy" good looking soft spoken respectful and even modest.  Wow he looks like the answer to her personal future.  He is wonderful when visiting her parents even respecting their request to sleep separately when Leah is ready to break the rules.  He is so good we can't help but hope the relationship will continue in the flawless atmosphere it has in the beginning of the film.  But on the way hope from mom and dad's Carter viciously attacks a stranger who he believes in interested in Leah.  From there on it everything gets worst.  Michael Ealy begins to look like a male Sharon Stone from "Basic Instinct."  There is no rabbit but there is a cat that disappears.  

From the point of the beating "The Perfect Guy" becomes a drama which at times is so obvious that dangerous situations are laughable.  The best one shows Leah walking through a dark parking garage alone late at night, how many times has that location become a frightening dangerous situation in films.  Flowers and text messages flood Leah's phone from Carter who won't give up, he even shows up at her office after she has written him off.  The danger is constantly in the air and that keeps our attention as Carter becomes more and more dangerous.  Tess Harper who plays Mrs. McCarthy the next door neighbor finds herself in danger when she observes Carter in Leah's home and Dave becomes a target when he begins to find Leah is willing to continue their relationship. 

As is usual in this style of fear drama, the police are not able to help her enough, Holt McCarthy plays Detective Hansen in a strong role but Carter's skill and smart thinking keep the law away from proving anything.  It all sets up the obsession atmosphere in which Leah is constantly fearful as one event leads to another   Carter becomes more cold and calculating and less and less stable as the film progresses.  

There is enough tension to keep our attention but not much more.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Dayra Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Perfect Guy  B-      D-         C+         B-   C+ 

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