The handsome stranger who turns out to be a psychotic “if I can’t have you… nobody else will” stalker narrative has been played out to death. Strangely, The Perfect Guy starring Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy, managed to dodge a straight to television release and found its way onto the big screen – and now gets a home release.

It’s the stuff good soap operas are made of. When a successful business executive, Leah Vaughn (Lathan), breaks up with her commitment-shy boyfriend (Chestnut) of two years, she finds “the perfect guy” in Carter (Ealy), a charming stranger who manages to sweep her off her feet (this involves a lot of roses, fancy dinners and sex in a night club). He even manages to charm her friends and her family. But not long after, Leah discovers Carter’s dark side. A Fatal Attraction-style thriller develops.

You can pretty much guess the rest of the ridiculous and formulaic story from here. It’s the kind of cringe-worthy paint-by-numbers soap that could be the plot of your favourite Bold and The Beautiful episode. Both the actors and the production team are completely uninspired. It’s just all too familiar. This is the kind of thing Tyler Perry’s dreams are made of.

Towards the film’s climax, it’s reasonably engaging, but it all comes a little too late. Not worth the cost of admission.

Rating: 1 / 5

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Directed by: David M. Rosenthal
Running time: 1 hour 41 mins
Studio: Screen Gems

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