Director: David M. Rosenthal
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
After a painful breakup with her long-term boyfriend (Morris Chestnut), successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger, Carter (Michael Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But, after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he turns her life upside down.
‘The Perfect Guy’ follows beautiful and successful businesswoman Leah (Lathan) who after discovering things aren’t headed in the direction which she was hoping for, spontaneously breaks things off with her longtime boyfriend Dave (Chestnut). Months later, after a couple of chance encounters, she begins dating a handsome and successful businessman named Carter (Ealy) who seems almost too good to be true. Unfortunately that just may be the case, following an unbelievably perfect beginning to the relationship, one night he randomly loses his temper and nearly beats a stranger to death for no logical reason. Leah beginning to fear that she in fact never knew him at all breaks things off only to be continually pestered and tormented by Carter who refuses to let her go, taking things in a dangerous new direction.
Directed by David M. Rosenthal (A Single Shot, Falling Up) from a screenplay by Tyger Williams (Menace II Society) which was based upon a story he created along with Alan B. McElroy (Wrong Turn), Rosenthal does a solid job at the helm of ‘The Perfect Guy’ and guides the film with a notable professionalism, capturing the intensity and tension quite well, even if the story is fairly bland and uninspired. The cast includes a number of talented and fairly well known individuals including Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton and a number more, all of whom deliver more than adequate performances with what they are given to work with in each of their respective roles, Ealy in particular always wonderful when portraying an unsettling character such as this.
‘The Perfect Guy’ is a fairly standard romantic thriller, and for fans of the genre it will probably be quite familiar in most of the actions as well as the supposed twists and turns it takes throughout. While it certainly isn’t a bad film, it’s also far from spectacular, its prominent weakness being that of the story. The decisions made by some of the characters in order to guide the story alone are often quite ludicrous and it’s somewhat difficult to swallow that such intellectual characters would randomly make such absurd mistakes. The story also doesn’t contribute anything overly original or noteworthy and for the most part largely resembles a handful of other films nearly identical to it in one way or another, if not almost entirely. That being said, it’s also an intense, entertaining and well acted thriller in its own right and it looks great along the way, maintaining a consistently dark and gloomy atmosphere which perfectly complements the tone and storyline.
Overall, ‘The Perfect Guy’ has its flaws and suffers from a generic and lacking story as well as an absence of originality, but fans of other romantic thrillers similar in nature are still likely to enjoy it quite a bit. Its issues aside, it’s still a tense, well acted and fairly enjoyable thriller and while I wouldn’t suggest rushing out to make a blind purchase, it might be a worth a rental to the genre fans, if not a viewing on cable or streaming at the very least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Perfect Guy’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks outstanding, delivering a consistently sharp and detailed presentation with no notable faults noticeable throughout. It holds up impressively during the few fast moving scenes and the numerous darkly lit sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a top-notch high definition video presentation that should easily please.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great, delivering in nearly every way. It provides a clean, discrete and at times quite aggressive audio presentation throughout, utilizing all five available channels on a number of occasions in order to surround the viewer with the score and any number of other small and natural auditory effects to accentuate the tension, plenty of cars zooming throughout the channels and more, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a more than capable 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Perfect Guy’ includes only a single extra, a behind the scenes Featurette titled ‘Lust and Obsession: Making The Perfect Guy’ (running approximately 10 minutes in length) which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew.