Even though he’s really easy on the eyes, Michael Ealy proves looks can kill in ‘The Perfect Guy.’ Is the love-triangle thriller the perfect date night movie? Check out what the critics have to say!
The good guy you want to love sometimes ends up being a really bad guy — like a crazy, obsessive murderer kind of bad! In The Perfect Guy, Leah (Sanaa Lathan) moves on from her longtime boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) to a guy (Michael Ealy) who seems to be picture-perfect, but he’s anything but. Will The Perfect Guy replace Fatal Attraction? Read our review roundup and find out!
The good looking and successful new man in Leah’s life turns out to have frightening dark side. While the trailer definitely brings the drama, the critics seem to think the movie falls flat. Read the reviews below.
Though there are some good components in “The Perfect Guy,” mainly due to the fact that Lathan portrays a successful, independent, Black woman who is apologetically in control of her body and sexuality, and Ealy who successfully captures the maniacal and psychopathic character of Carter, the film unfortunately falls flat. It seems too far-fetched that such a powerful woman would let down her guard entirely, and allow a total stranger complete access to her and her loved ones.
“The Perfect Guy” could have been a competent, engaging thriller, or at least a showcase for its talented leads; the tragedy comes in how firmly and solidly it takes so many actors and artists down with it.
The Perfect Guy manages to be both dull and frantic: The story and the performances are geared for maximum portent, but the filmmaking is choppy and haphazard. Casual conversations and dramatic moments are all shot and edited with the same hurried pace; scenes and characters are introduced so awkwardly that you start to suspect the film came in for some unwelcome postproduction tinkering. The very cadence of the film feels wrong.
The Perfect Guy certainly has a draw — Michael, Morris and Sanaa are all seriously talented. Michael has a knack for crazy roles. Remember how insane he was on The Following? The Perfect Guy hits theaters on Sept. 11.
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— Avery Thompson