Parents' Guide to

The Perfect Guy

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Predictable thriller wastes strong cast; some sex, violence.

Movie PG-13 2015 100 minutes
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Fair warning: You will not be surprised by anything that happens in The Perfect Guy; we've seen this story told -- and told better -- many times. (See: Fatal Attraction.) There's not much creativity in the movie's storytelling, and the primary way it moves from one scene to another appears to be the very basic fade to black. And why pad the ending when, if had been trimmed a few minutes earlier (we won't reveal too much, though the finale won't be a surprise, either), it would have had much more impact?

Which isn't to say The Perfect Guy is 100 percent imperfect. Lathan, Ealy, and Chesnut bring their A-game to a script that needed a fresh rewrite, and they almost pull it off. By the end, you're almost along for the ride. But not quite.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 11, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: December 29, 2015
  • Cast: Sanaa Lathan , Michael Ealy , Morris Chestnut
  • Director: David M. Rosenthal
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language
  • Last updated: January 2, 2023

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