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The Perfect Guy

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language.
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1 hr. 40 min.
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USA Release:
September 11, 2015 (wide—2,221 theaters)
DVD: December 29, 2015
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Featuring: Sanaa Lathan … Leah
Michael EalyCarter
Rutina Wesley … Alicia
Morris ChestnutDave
Kathryn Morris … Karen
Shannon Lucio … Cindy
Holt McCallany … Detective Hansen
Ronnie Gene Blevins … Dalton
Charles S. Dutton
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Director: David M. Rosenthal
Producer: Screen Gems
Distributor: Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment

“Trust one. Fear the other.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her longterm boyfriend loves her. And yet… at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit of a commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up. Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends (Dutton, Wesley, Morris Chestnut), their relationship rapidly progresses.

It seems Leah has met The Perfect Guy. But if it seems too good to be true …soon his protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.”

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Movie Critics

…an utterly predictable, content-crazed PG-13 suspense story that mingles creepy and explicit sexual content with sharp moments of vicious violence. There are absolutely no surprises here—no matter what the trailers might make you think…
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In

…B-movie …The best Lifetime movie currently playing on the big screen. …screenplay is strictly formulaic, with only the occasional bizarre moment…
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

…a routine thriller… Ethnicity is constantly at the fore of The Perfect Guy without ever being explicitly addressed by any characters. …[3½/4]
—Clayton Dillard, Slant magazine

…“The Perfect Guy” is still just a boilerplate stalker story that proceeds more or less as you suspect it will. …becomes a generic beauty-and-the-creep movie… Some of it is scary, but parts are so clichéd it might draw giggles. …
—Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

…David M. Rosenthal’s Internet-age thriller falls head over heels for cheesy cliches. …
—Nick Schager, Variety

Comments from non-viewers
Negative—Judging by some reviews from guardian film, this movie does not look like something I would waste money on. I’m a big fan of obsession movies, but apparently this flick features a lot of lustful scenes, and by viewing the trailer the lustful scenes are clearly depicted. If they changed the storyline somewhat and removed a lot of the lustful scenes, it probably would be worth watching.
—Ace, age 32 (United Kingdom)

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