“The Perfect Guy” follows Leah (Sanaa Lathan) as she breaks up with her non-committing boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) and starts dating dashing stranger Carter (Michael Ealy). Though he initially seems, well, perfect, Carter soon displays a propensity for violent outbursts. Leah dumps Carter, but he won’t be dumped. Or ignored. Or allow Leah to go about her life. This is a stalker movie.
This movie is so by-the-book it might as well have pages. Carter does a lot of sneaking around in Leah’s impossibly lavish home. He keeps popping up in Leah’s life, Leah feels more and more helpless. The police can’t help, the ex-boyfriend thinks he can help but gets outwitted. Leah has to work up the courage to take matters into her own hands.
I strive to think of one original idea this movie has. Maybe a scene where Carter creepily puts Leah’s toothbrush in his mouth and the movie plays it straight, which makes it funny. But otherwise this is completely familiar subject matter told in a completely familiar way. The obvious joke would be to say that “The Perfect Guy” isn’t perfect or that it’s the “Perfect Dud.” I’ll say that you should “stalk” a different movie instead.
“The Perfect Guy” is rated PG-13 for violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language. Its running time is 100 minutes.