Film Review: When you think you have ‘The Perfect Guy,’ you are most likely wrong

Nani Wong, Staff Writer

If you want suspense, thrills, and romance thrown into one movie, then “The Perfect Guy” is the perfect film for you to watch. Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, and Morris Chestnut create a realistic situation that could happen to just about anyone. Their characters make you think about what you would do if something so outrageous happened to you.

After Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Leah’s (Sanaa Lathan) relationship goes down the drain, Leah meets another man, Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). The film suggests that in the beginning of their relationship, Carter is in fact the perfect guy. After a weekend away together, Leah feels as if she has fallen head of heals for Carter. However, after a while they stop at a gas station on the way home, Leah witnesses Carter beat a man to near death, putting Leah in a position where she can no longer look at him in the same manner. Carter’s psychotic behavior forces Leah to put a restraining order on him. This, however, only makes Carter want her more.

The actors in this movie do a phenomenal job bringing their characters to life and put viewers on the edge of their seats to see what will happen next to Leah. Sanaa Lathan creates an independent and likable character who ultimately stands up to her stalker at the end of the movie. The development of the characters is well written and throughout the movie Leah grows as a person and leaves viewers inspired. Ealy’s portrayal of his character Carter Duncan is intense and at some points downright scary. Together the actors all do a great job and their acting is what pulls the movie together.

David M. Rosenthal also does an amazing job directing this film. The thrill of the plot has viewers mesmerized and itching to know more. The musical choices are well thought out and help the viewers focus, such as having a suspenseful lullaby right before something big happens.

Altogether, this film is the perfect thriller for those who believe in having “The Perfect Guy.”

Our Grade: B
“The Perfect Guy”
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 100 minutes
Directed by: David M. Rosenthal
Starring: Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut