The Perfect Guy (2015)

USA| September 2015| 100 min| English
The Perfect Guy (2015)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Color Color
Certification USA:PG-13 , UK:15 , Canada:PG (British Columbia) , Ireland:15A
Locations Los Angeles, California, USA
Director David M Rosenthal
Lead Cast Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Tess Harper, Charles S Dutton
Watch Trailer of THE PERFECT GUY (2015)
Trust one, fear the other
Plot Summary
After breaking up with boyfriend David Kind, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn gets romantically involved with a charming stranger named Carter Duncan only to find out soon after that the new man in her life is too good to be true.#The film is about successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan), who is unhappy in her relationship with boyfriend David King (Morris Chestnut), due to lack of commitment. The duo eventually break up with their relationship having hit the rock bottom. A couple of months later, Leah meets the charming Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), an IT professional. Romance blossoms between the two in no time and the newly formed pair jet off to San Francisco for holidaying. However, things take a bitter turn on their way back when Carter hits a man ruthlessly in an assumption that he was trying to flirt with Sanaa. Being mortified and shocked, Leah decides to break up with Carter. But Carter, being a stubborn, was not ready to let her go. Over the next several weeks, he stalks Leah at her job, leaves numerous phone-calls even after she changes the numbers, intrudes into her house with her spare house key, hacks into her computer, and abducts her cat. While Carter continues with his stalking acts, a terrified Leah then meets Detective Hansen (Holt McCallany). A restraining order is filed against Carter at his job, and he is subsequently fired.

Meanwhile David and Leah rekindle their relationship. However, they find out one day that they are constantly being watched by Carter. The couple notify the police and Hansen who start interrogating Carter. However, Carter denies any wrong-doing stating he was at the same place as David and Leah just by chance. Carter continues to pester them in various different ways, but David and Leah feel helpless as they cannot do anything in the lack of any evidence. What remains to be seen is whether Leah is able to deal with the obsessed lover turned stalker and put an end to her anguish.
The film was shot mostly at night to create a mysterious look as director David M Rosenthal wanted the film to be a dark one.

The shooting was wrapped up in 34 days.
Sanaa Lathan Leah Vaughn
Michael Ealy Carter Duncan
Morris Chestnut David King
Tess Harper Mrs McCarthy
Charles S Dutton Roger Vaughn, Leah's father
Kathryn Morris Karen
Rutina Wesley Alicia
Holt McCallany Detective Hansen
Ronnie Gene Blevins Dalton
Shannon Lucio Cindy
Michael Panes Cooper
L Scott Caldwell Evelyn
John Getz Renkin
Jessica Parker Kennedy Rachel
David Starzyk Frank
Wilmer Calderon Detective Gardner
Gordon Clapp Bill Forsythe
Duncan Joiner Zach
Julia Valentine Larson Cashier
Patrick Daniel Barista
Lyndsey Doolen Hostess
Michael Andrew Baker Mr Inebriated
Jamal Duff Dreadlocks
Tyde Kierney Mart Owner
Granville Ames Sheriff
Irene Choi Office Receptionist
Tripp Pickell Uniformed Officer
Kelle Cantwell B R E receptionist
Jeff Davis Gun Salesman
Sarah Domin Client
Lucas Lind Bartender
Clint Jordan Homeowner
Michael Coons Mr Keslow
Kevin McNamara Police Officer
John Fortson Bartender
Director David M Rosenthal
Producer Tommy Oliver
Wendy Rhoads
Nicole Rocklin
Darryl Taja
Executive Producer Glenn S Gainor
Writer Alan B McElroy(story)
Tyger Williams(screenplay)
Music Composer Dave Fleming
Atli Örvarsson
Cinematographer Peter Simonite
Action Director Lance Gilbert
Darrell Davis
Film Editor Joan Sobel
Casting Director Venus Kanani
Mary Vernieu
Production Designer William Arnold
Art Director Dennis Bradford
Costume Designer Annie Bloom
Production Companies Screen Gems
Distributor Screen Gems
Song # 1Mas Que Nada
Written byJorge Ben Jor
Composed byJorge Ben Jor
Performed bySaori Yuki,   Pink Martini
Song # 2Revolution
Written byDiplo,   Kai,   Morten Brangstrup Olsen,   Hussain Somani
Performed byDiplo,   Imanos,   Kai
Song # 3Lifetime of Gold
Written byChance Hayden
Performed byChance Hayden
Song # 4Better Man
Written byTodd Michael Bridges,   Joshua Block,   Austin Jenkins,   Chris Vivion
Performed byLeon Bridges
Song # 5Grita La Gente
Composed byDanny Richard Osuna
Performed byRabia Ciega
Song # 6Welcome to Jamrock
Written byDamian Marley,   Stephen Marley,   Ini Kamoze
Performed byDamian Marley
Song # 7Bust It
Written bySean Paul,   Kool Kojak,   James Abrahart,   Marty James Garton
Performed bySean Paul
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Reviews on external websites
All ratings are based on 5. NA indicates rating not available.

The Hollywood Reporter|Review by Frank Scheck
You've seen it a thousand times before. A guy falls for the wrong girl. A girl falls for the wrong guy. Before long there's some serious stalking going on and bunnies are being boiled.
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NA|Review by Christy Lemire
“The Perfect Guy” is decent trash that could have been delicious trash with a little more daring. Director David M. Rosenthal’s film - which, tellingly, Sony did not screen for critics before opening day - is slick, glossy and sturdily made in a way that’s reminiscent of similar sexy-stalker fare from the 1990s.
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The Austin Chronicle|Review by Josh Kupecki
I can’t say with absolute authority that The Perfect Guy is the most unimaginative stalker-boyfriend movie in recent years (I’ve got a lot of Lifetime movies taking up space on my DVR), but man, it sure feels that way. There’s a long cinematic history of crafting a narrative around psychopaths and the people they obsess over.
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1.5|Review by Brian Orndorf
Exploitation needs a certain level of disease to come alive. It’s difficult to pull off sleaze with a PG-13 rating, especially with a story that involves heavy amounts of sex and violence. “The Perfect Guy” has a host of problems preventing it from achieving desired levels of excitement, but its primary misstep is blandness, watching what should be a swirl of bedroom heat and aggressive acts of intimidation diluted by a production that wants to open its doors to all audiences.
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