The Perfect Guy (2015 film)

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The Perfect Guy
ThePerfectGuyPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David M. Rosenthal
Produced by
  • Tommy Oliver
  • Nicole Rocklin
  • Wendy Rhoads
  • Darryl Taja
Screenplay by Tyger Williams
Story by
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Peter Simonite[1]
Edited by Joan Sobel
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release date
  • September 2, 2015 (2015-09-02) (Los Angeles premiere)
  • September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12-$18 million[3][4]
Box office $60.3 million[3]

The Perfect Guy is a 2015 American romantic thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal, produced by Tommy Oliver and written by Alan B. McElroy and Tyger Williams and stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Holt McCallany and Morris Chestnut. Ealy and Lathan also served as executive producers on the film.[5] The Perfect Guy was released in North America on September 11, 2015.[6] The film grossed $60.3 million against its budget of $12 million.

Plot[edit]

Successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn is unhappy in her relationship with her boyfriend, Dave King, who refuses to commit to her wishes of starting a family, causing them to break up. Two months later, she meets Carter Duncan, a charming man, who works in IT for another company. They quickly grow close and he works his way into the hearts of her friends and family. On their way home from a trip to San Francisco to meet her parents, a stranger at a gas station asks Leah about Carter's Dodge Charger. Carter viciously attacks the man, and Carter and Leah drive off when the station's owner orders them to leave. Distraught over his actions, Leah decides to break up with him that night.

Over the next several weeks, Carter stalks Leah at her job, and makes numerous phone calls, even after she changes her phone number. Unbeknownst to Leah, Carter also gets into her house with her spare key. He goes through her belongings, hacks into her computer, and abducts her cat. She finally decides to go to the police, meeting with Detective Hansen, who advises her to keep records of any further attempts Carter makes to contact her. Leah later finds a threatening note and a single red rose attached to her car and files a restraining order against Carter, causing him to lose his job.

Later, Dave contacts Leah about rekindling their relationship and Leah eagerly agrees. One night, Leah and Dave find Carter watching them at a restaurant, and Dave grimly warns him to stay away. They notify the police and, after Hansen interrogates Carter over the violation, Carter feigns innocence, stating he had no idea she was there and that Dave was aggressive towards him. Hansen lets him go.

One night, Leah's neighbour, Mrs. McCarthy, discovers Carter inside Leah's house, and he pushes her down the stairs, killing her. Carter secretly videotapes Leah and Dave as they sleep and make love and uses Leah's work email account to send the video to her co-workers and her business's clients, causing her to be suspended from her job. Carter also sabotages Dave's car, causing it to crash, and suffocates the injured Dave.

Both Leah and Hansen are certain that Carter is involved in Dave's death, though they lack the evidence necessary to incriminate him. After investigating further, Hansen learns that Carter's real name is Robert Adams, and that he changed his identity after a similar series of harassment. With the situation escalating, a concerned Hansen relays a story to Leah of a friend of his that bought a 12-gague Remington shotgun that he loaded with two bean bag rounds and five live shells. Hansen explains that the bean bag rounds, if fired first as warning shots, would give justification in the event of an intruder and implies that Leah should take such action, leading to Leah buying a shotgun.

Leah discovers Robert, with a new identity, with another woman. She frightens her off and files another restraining order against him in front his new employers, once again getting him fired. She then manages to finds his hideout, where he monitors her, as well as finding her cat. She destroys his numerous computers and leaves, daring him to come after her again.

That night, Robert breaks into Leah's home, and, after luring him to an empty room, she aims her gun at him. After managing to knock the gun out of her hand, a struggle ensues. Leah manages to recover her shotgun and per Hansen's story, shoots Robert twice with bean bag rounds as a warning to make killing him justified. When Robert persists in attacking, Leah kills him with a live shell from the shotgun. A now relieved Leah reports Robert to Hansen as an intruder, and police cart his corpse out of her house.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography for The Perfect Guy began on August 6, 2014, in Los Angeles.[7] The film was shot mostly at night using Sony digital cameras and anamorphic lenses. Much of the shooting used available light to create a “mysterious” look because “David wanted the film to be dark,” according to the film's director of photography Peter Simonite. The Perfect Guy wrapped up its 34-day LA shoot in mid-September 2014.[1]

Release[edit]

On June 3, 2015, Screen Gems debuted the first official trailer for The Perfect Guy on USA Today′s website.[8] The film was released in the Dolby Vision format in Dolby Cinema in North America.[9]

The Perfect Guy grossed $57 million in the United States and Canada and over $3.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over $60.3 million, against a budget of $12 million.[3] Sony opted not to screen The Perfect Guy for critics[10] or have Thursday night previews for the film.[11] The film opened on Friday, September 11, 2015, earning $9.9 million on its opening day.[12] For the weekend, the film finished first at the box office grossing $25.9 million at 2,221 North American theaters.[13][14] The Perfect Guy became available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray on December 29, 2015.[15]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 20% based on 40 reviews and has an average rating of 3.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Perfect Guy threatens to tip into enjoyably depraved territory, but ultimately settles for timid thriller clichés."[16] Metacritic gives the film a score of 36 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[17] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Perfect Guy' Cinematographer Peter Simonite Talks About Night Filming - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "THE PERFECT GUY (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Perfect Guy (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ FilmL.A. (June 15, 2016). "2015 Feature Film Study". Archived from the original on July 4, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/entry/view/id/1002863
  6. ^ "Upcoming Movies in Theaters". Boxofficemojo.com. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Screen Gems Begins Production On The Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy And Morris Chestnut". Cnbc.com. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Trailer: 'The Perfect Guy'". Usatoday.com. 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  9. ^ Carolyn Giardina (November 16, 2015). "'Star Wars' Dolby Cinema Release Could Push Forward the New Format". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Critics not allowed to see 'The Perfect Guy' | The Kansas City Star". Kansascity.com. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  11. ^ McClintock, Pamela (2015-09-09). "Box-Office Preview: 'The Visit,' 'Perfect Guy' Eye Close Race for No. 1". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  12. ^ "'Perfect Guy' Tops Friday Box Office, Shyamalan's 'Visit' Opens Strong Second". Box Office Mojo. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  13. ^ Busch, Anita. "'The Perfect Guy' Edges Out 'The Visit' To Take No. 1 — B.O. Final". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  14. ^ "'Perfect Guy' Takes Weekend #1 With Shyamalan's 'Visit' a Close Second". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  15. ^ http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com/movies/7581/the-perfect-guy
  16. ^ "The Perfect Guy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Perfect Guy reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  18. ^ "'The Perfect Guy' Scores On Date Night, 'The Visit' Stays Strong – B.O. Friday". deadline.com. 

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