The Perfect Guy



Movie Critic: Denique Reid

Title: The Perfect Guy

Movie Genre: Thriller

Opening Date: September 11th 2015

Director:  David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

Ontario Movie Rating: PG-14

General Age of People in Theatre:  Adults aged 20-30 years old.

It is noted that the movie played during the weekday afternoon. It is believed that older teenagers would have also attended later that day. No tobacco was used throughout the movie

After breaking-up with her long time boyfriend Leah, a professional woman with a great life meets a perfect gentleman. He’s charming, polite, and passionate. So much so it almost seems too good to be true.

The film was very suspenseful, with great acting on the part of the cast. I like how the array of personal relationships the main character had with her friends and family was displayed, it was a pleasure to watch. I was surprised with the level of violence and I didn’t appreciate it as much. By the end of the movie I was really turned off from all of the violence. The movie also lacked the traditional twist found at the end of most movies of the thriller genre. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is sensitive to violence.

There was no tobacco use in the movie, and the quality or believability of the plot and characters did not suffer for it. Some benefits of not having smoking depicted on screen include a more realistic depiction of various people from all walks of life, and situations who do not turn to tobacco for relief. This depiction helps to de-normalize tobacco use and is more in line with reality of society today. I believe that the movie makers behind The Perfect Guy chose to leave tobacco out of the movie due to the desire to keep the focus on the raw behaviour and psyche of the characters, which may be diluted in authenticity due to tobacco use. Also the stereotypical effect of relaxation that usually goes hand in hand with tobacco use in movies may also dilute the sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat tension that the movie was trying to convey.