The Perfect Guy

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Predictable thriller wastes strong cast; some sex, violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 100 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters take matters into their own hands when the law can't help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Characters kiss passionately; a few sequences show a couple in bed together, moving and moaning. No graphic nudity. 

Language

Occasional swearing includes variations of "s--t," as well as "bitch" and one memorable "f--k."

Consumerism

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. 

What 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").

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What's the story?

After two years of dating, Dave (Morris Chestnut) still isn't willing to commit, so Leah (Sanaa Lathan) sadly feels forced to break up with him. A few months later, Carter (Michael Ealy) sweeps into her life -- handsome, charming, devoted, and definitely ready to give her everything she wants. Yes, he seems like THE PERFECT GUY ... until he starts revealing his dangerous true character. And when Leah dumps him, Carter starts to stalk her, becoming more and more obsessed and progressively more of a threat. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Perfect Guy's violence. Does it have more or less impact than what you might seen in an action or horror movie? Why do you think that is?

  • Is Leah a role model? Why or why not? Why do you think she broke up with her first boyfriend? What made her willing to start seeing Carter? 

  • Why is Carter so appealing at first? What are the initial warning signs that he might not be as great as he seems? Do you think there are really guys out there like Carter? How should people deal with obsession in real life?

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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