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Perfect Stranger

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Silly thriller has creepy mix of sex, violence.

Movie R 2007 109 minutes
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Another techno thriller in which the "techno" looks hopelessly out of date, Perfect Stranger would be laughable ... if its combination of violence and sex weren't so creepy. The movie deals with an ostensibly serious topic: namely, the many ways that contemporary life encourages "secrets" (that is, lies) -- in online relationships, undercover journalism, corporate espionage, and advertising. But it soon gets so mired in its protagonists' multiple pathologies that you wish they'd just come out in the open, act out their grudges, and get it over with.

Apparently unable to stop itself, PERFECT STRANGER piles on some nightmares for Rowena (she was traumatized by a bad stepfather as a child) and her ex, Cameron (Gary Dourdan), who shows up for steamy-seeming sex and an argument that has little to do with anything else. She's eventually so unable to keep track of her own actions that the movie's ostensible "twist" is less surprising than ridiculous.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 12, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: August 21, 2007
  • Cast: Bruce Willis , Giovanni Ribisi , Halle Berry
  • Director: James Foley
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 109 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, nudity, some disturbing violent images and language.
  • Last updated: October 24, 2023

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