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Film Review: ‘The Perfect Guy’

Release Date: September 11, 2015

Director: David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut

Synopsis: With a fulfilling career and a loving relationship, lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) seems to have it all. Things come crashing down as and when Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend, questions her future plans for marriage and a family. The resulting breakup leaves Leah heartbroken, until she meets the charming and handsome Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). Soon, the budding romance turns dangerous as Carter reveals his volatile nature, forcing Leah to turn the tables on the man she thought was Mr. Right. (Fandango)

I didn’t have any intentions of seeing this film when the promotion for it started earlier in the year because…well, like everyone else, the same Black actors and actresses are cast for the big box office films and sometimes it feels like when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

I decided to go ahead and give it a try after my mom told me how good it was and I’ll admit that Michael Ealy was tempting, especially because of the mysterious nature of his character. Speaking of him, I don’t think anyone was checking for Ealy when he made his debut in The Barbershop, but he has become one of Black Hollywood’s bad wordiest (can’t believe he’s 42) and most versatile actors in my opinion.

As much as I hate to say it, the film was very predictable. It opens up with very obvious tension between Leah and Dave, that Dave seems to be oblivious of. They end up breaking up, she meets Carter and runs into him a second time and like the title suggests, he seems to be the “perfect” guy. I mentioned on Facebook that I wanted a man like Carter…up until about 35 minutes into the movie.

Leah takes Carter home to meet her parents for the Fourth of July/her Dad’s birthday, he wins them over and even wins Leah over more after respecting her parents’ house so much that he wouldn’t sleep in the same bed with her.

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The tide took a turn after he beats up a guy at the gas station who he thought was trying to make a pass at Leah. After that, Leah decided that she wanted to break up because he’d scared her so much. Honestly, I think I could’ve gotten past that.

The bigger problem for me was that she jumped in too deep without really getting to know the guy and finding out he was an IT expert, had a criminal record, prior harassment charges and so on. It made me think about how many times I’ve wanted to meet a guy that sweeps me off of my feet and treats me so nice that I can sometimes miss the signs and rush into things. You never really know a person until you know a person. Got me?

The Perfect Guy is a classic fatal attraction story and although predictable, the on-screen talent of Ealy, Lathan and Chestnut made this a pretty thrilling film. It also serves as a cautionary tale to take your time in getting to know someone because that perfect guy/woman may end up being a psycho!

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