Women are always talking about meeting and dating the perfect guy. The one who listens to you, with whom you have the perfect sexual chemistry, makes you feel happy and even gets along fabulously with your parents. But what if you meet such a guy and this prince charming turns out not be the man you dreamed about.
In the movie The Perfect Guy, Leah (Sanaa Lathan) is dating the man of her dreams Dave (Morris Chesnut). They have been going out for 2 years and Leah wants to get married and have children but Dave is not ready. Leah who is 35 doesn’t want to wait around forever for Dave to marry her so she breaks it off with him.
By chance at a bar she meets Carter (Michael Ealy) who saves her from an obnoxious guy who is trying to hit on her. She spends some time with him and they hit it off. They start dating and everybody including her friends and parents think that he is the perfect guy.
When coming back from a trip to visit her parents, the couple stops at a gas station to get some things. A man asks Leah about Carter’s car while he is at the convenience store and Carter comes out and gets violent with the man for no reason. Leah is shocked and scared by his behaivour so she ends their relationship. Carter is not ready to let her go and he starts stalking her. He is an IT expert and he starts hacking her emails and puts cameras in her house. He tells her if he can’t have her nobody will.
Dave her old boyfriend comes back into her life and she realizes that she made a mistake rushing into a relationship with Carter who she doesn’t really know and whose’s life is a mystery to her, she hasn’t even met his friends or gone to his house. She starts dating Dave again and it seems her life will finally take a turn for the better but Carter who is jealous will not let her be happy. Leah has to take a stand to stop Carter from destroying her life with the help of a sympathetic cop.
The Perfect Guy is a love story turned thriller. It shows how dating a guy you barely know can be a disaster and also have fatal consequences. The perfect guy can turn out to be the perfect nightmare. Many women do not look beyond the good looks of a man (Michael Ealy is yummy), a man who is well spoken and charming.
The movie is a cautious tale about dating and has some of the common urban legends about dating, including a handsome guy rescuing a girl at the bar by claiming to be her boyfriend when she is being hit on at the bar.
The acting by the 3 main actors is good, although Michael Ealy’s performance as being deranged is only shown by his beautiful piercing blue eyes sort of looking squint eyed to show that he has gone to his dark side.
In terms of being a thriller it doesn’t have many heart stopping moments, the kind that makes you want to close your eyes, and where your heart starts beating fast, and where the music score works with the mood to create a heighted atmosphere of anxiety. Let me just say the buildup of suspense was lacking although the acting was good.
I would recommend this movie as a cautionary tale for women not to get into relationships where they haven’t gotten to really know a guy before dating him. Although we may laugh at how things were done in the old days there was a reason that families did background checks on the potential candidates for suitors for their children. It was to ensure in part that there were no issues like madness running in the family that would affect a relationship. In the modern times we have lost that.
Hardcore thriller fans may find this movie to be abit low on suspense and thrills but if you are a Michael Early fan then you will love this movie.
Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Cast: Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Latham
The Perfect Guy is showing at Planet Media Cinemas at Westgate, Prestige and Kisumu. Nakumatt Prestige Plaza offers crazy amazing deals. You can watch the movies for as low as Ksh. 300 every morning Monday to Thurday. Every Tuesday you can watch it for Ksh. 300 for 2D and Ksh. 400 for 3D. On Wednesday couples can watch movies at KSh. 400 per couple 2D or Ksh. 500 per couple for a 4D movie (strictly for couples). For Monday madness get your ticket + soda or water + Popcorn+ Hotdog or Kitkat for only Ksh. 600 only.
Watch The Perfect Guy at the Planet Media at Prestige Plaza Ngong road. We are giving away two tickets to watch this movie at Prestige Plaza and another two tickets to watch it at Planet media Kisumu. All you have to do is tell me why you want to watch The Perfect Guy in the comments section. Winners will be announced on Tuesday morning.
PS. If you win the tickets you can only watch it from the 18th of September which is the second week of the movie.
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