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After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.
Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand, »
The Perfect Guy‘s marketing campaign doesn’t do the self-consciously campy stalker-thriller (a less over-the-top but still ideal double billing with last January’s The Boy Next Door) any favors – its tagline, “Trust One, Fear the Other,” promises a tastelessly regressive sort of love triangle in which two possessive men clash violently over the affections of a lady love. That’s not the kind of film, in a year that’s already delivered some of the decade’s most indelible female characters (in fare as diverse yet mainstream as Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy and Inside Out), many critics are chomping at the bit to sample.
Luckily, this is one of those rare Hollywood productions with surprises in store, most notably lead actress Sanaa Lathan, who takes a simple harangued-heroine part and draws out of it enough charisma and complexity to elevate the entire movie above the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sanaa Lathan is as tough as she is fetching, which is why it’s so disheartening to watch her play a dopey victim for much of “The Perfect Guy,” in which her well-to-do professional is terrorized by a new flame who doesn’t take kindly to being dumped. Boasting a screenplay by Tyger Williams that never fails to telegraph its every move, David M. Rosenthal’s film is a cheap “Fatal Attraction” knockoff, complete with a subplot involving the potentially dire fate of Lathan’s beloved pet. While no bunnies wind up being boiled, the rest of this second-rate genre effort is a strictly by-the-books affair. Despite an appealing trio of leads, it seems likely to entice only those with an unquenchable thirst for thriller cliches.
Leah (Lathan) is a successful California lobbyist whose relationship with Dave (Morris Chestnut) falls apart due to his disinterest in committing to the type »
- Nick Schager
Despite the presence of its three charming and impassioned leads, and even as it looks and feels clean, sharp and deftly shot, “The Perfect Guy” — which was, it must be pointed out, deliberately not screened for critics prior to release — is a perfect example of how lame, lazy material strands good actors, resulting in a movie that looks great and feels less so. Also Read: 'The Perfect Guy' and 'The Visit' to Battle for Box-Office Domination Directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Tyger Williams, “The Perfect Guy” stars Sanaa Lathan (“The Best Man Holiday”) as Leah, a »
- James Rocchi
There’s been a lot of talk lately about indie directors making the leap to studio productions, but few have handled the transition as skillfully as David M. Rosenthal does in the smart, funny, and scary thriller The Perfect Guy. In a way it’s the perfect studio assignment for Rosenthal, in that it takes full advantage of the skills he exhibited in his previous film, 2013’s richly atmospheric thriller A Single Shot, while also allowing him to explore new territory as an old-school genre director. The basic premise is nothing new – it’s the stuff of dozens of Lifetime “woman in jeopardy” […] »
- Jim Hemphill
M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and Screen Gems' The Perfect Guy are set for a close post-summer battle at the box office this weekend, with each tracking to open in the $15 million to $17 million range. Perfect Guy, directed by David M. Rosenthal, hopes to repeat the success that other recent African-American movies have enjoyed in recent weeks, namely, N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton and Christian drama War Room. The $12 million thriller stars Sanaa Lathan as a successful lobbyist who begins a torrid affair with a charming, dangerous stranger (Michael Ealy) as her former
- Pamela McClintock
After pulling off an improbable holiday win at the box office, the War Room faces some stiff competition this weekend, going up against a pair of thrillers, The Visit and The Perfect Guy, and yet another faith-based film, 90 Minutes in Heaven. Now that the summer movie season is over, the box office receipts have already started to dwindle, which was part of the reason War Room was able to take the top spot over Labor Day. Don't expect this trio of new releases to put up big numbers, but, according to the projections at BoxOffice.com, War Room's reign atop the box office should be a short one.
The Visit is expected to take in $17 million at the box office, which should easily give it the top spot over The Perfect Guy, which is expected to earn $13 million in its opening frame. War Room is expected to drop to third place this weekend, »
David M. Rosenthal directed the sexy psycho-thriller penned by Tyger Williams, the scribe behind “Menace II Society.” Although “The Perfect Guy” features three African American leads, Rosenthal said that he identified the cast as professionally-trained actors first.
“I don’t think any of us thought about race when we did this,” Rosenthal told Variety. “I think we were just making a movie and it was just about people in a place and relationships. It was refreshing to not put it in that context and not put a label on it. The studios wanted to do that and the actors wanted to do that, and ultimately, it sells.”
The film follows a woman (Lathan) who is stalked by an ex-boyfriend (Ealy), while »
- Mannie Holmes
Ahead of its Us release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director David M. Rosenthal’s upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
The Perfect Guy follows a woman (Sanaa Lathan) who meets an It expert (Michael Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he disrupts her life.
The Perfect Guy is set for release on September 11th in the States and on November 27th in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Some trailers eschew dialogue, preferring to evoke a mood or tell some of the story in other ways, such as through song. The new trailer for stalker thriller The Perfect Guy went with I Put A Spell On You over shots of its supernaturally attractive cast.Directed by David M. Rosenthal from Tyger Williams’ script, The Perfect Guy finds Sanaa Lathan as Leah Vaughn, a beautiful, successful lobbyist who would seem to be living a charmed life. Even after the painful end of her most recent relationship, she lands on her feet, kicking off a passionate dalliance with the charming Carter (Michael Ealy).But things take a scarier turn when her ex-boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life and Leah decides to try to make it work with him. Which does not go down well with Carter… And yet, even as Dave tries to keep her safe, she wonders »
For those who got a heaping ton of the heebie-jeebies from Michael Ealy's turn on the thankfully cancelled The Following, get ready for your not-so-long-awaited re-up. The first trailer from The Perfect Guy, courtesy of A Single Shot helmer David M. Rosenthal, features ample time witnessing Ealy, playing the obsessive, over-protective new boyfriend of Sanaa Lathan, putting his all into the role of a total, irrefutable creep, and that would be the exact pull of the story. There's a trashy zip to films like this, focused on the overblown melodramatic fears that go off into diabolical, often fatal directions. And that's Morris Chestnut, hot off some solid work on the previous season of Nurse Jackie, as Lathan's commitment-phobe ex-boyfriend who begins to have second thoughts about putting a ring on it when he sees Ealy romancing her. This, thankfully, looks more knowingly trashy than most of its ilk, and »
- Chris Cabin
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