A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters take matters into their own hands when the law can't help.
Positive Role Models
Leah is a strong woman who must learn to protect herself when everyone else, including her boyfriend and the police, can't keep her safe from a dangerous psychopath. But she also makes mistakes. The villain is smart, determined, and absolutely amoral.
Violence & Scariness
The movie's whole point is to show the escalating violence of a psycho stalker who terrorizes a woman until she fights back. Violent attacks show women getting thrown across a room or down the stairs; also confrontations involving a kitchen knife and a shotgun. General air of menace.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss passionately; a few sequences show a couple in bed together, moving and moaning. No graphic nudity.
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Occasional swearing includes variations of "s--t," as well as "bitch" and one memorable "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The main character often uses her Sony mobile phone and drives a nice Cadillac. Another character drives a classic Charger, which becomes a relatively important plot point.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often drink wine/beer at meals, parties, or nightclubs, but nobody appears to get drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Perfect Guy is a standard-issue thriller about a woman (Sanaa Lathan) who's pursued and threatened by her psycho ex-boyfriend until she's forced to fight back. The movie has a general air of menace, and attacks involve weapons (knife, shotgun) and victims being thrown around rooms/down stairs. There are also a few sex scenes (kissing, moaning, moving, but no graphic graphic nudity) and some drinking and swearing (mostly variations of "s--t," plus a memorable use of "f--k"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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