The Perfect Host (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  7 May 2011 (Japan)
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A criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Campbell ...
Monica (as Indira Gibson)
Storekeeper (as George Kee Cheung)
Thief (as Brooke 'Mikey' Anderson)
Car Rental Worker
Girl at Party
Man in Polaroid


Injured after committing a bank robbery, John Taylor is desperate to find a place to hide out and approaches the home of Warick Wilson. John manages to get himself invited into the house by posing as a friend of a friend and spinning a sob story of lost luggage and a violent mugging. Inside, Warick, a consummate host, is making the final preparations for an impeccable dinner party. He insists John stay for the party, but as the evening begins it becomes obvious Warick may not be what he first appears. Written by L. Hamre

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Dinner Parties Are A Dying Art. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violent content and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 May 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dinner for One - Eine mörderische Party  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,388 (USA) (1 July 2011)


$48,430 (USA) (2 September 2011)

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Warwick breaks a plate on the dinner table. After Warwick ties John up at the table with his hands behind his back, John finds one of the plate shards on the table. John takes the shard in his mouth and drops it in his chair. The camera cuts away for a few seconds and then the next time we see John he is using the shard to cut the rope that binds his hands behind his back. John would either have to stand up from the chair or bring his hands in front of him to get the shard from his chair into his hands. Not enough time passed for him to have done either of these things plus Warwick would have noticed. See more »


[first lines]
Thief: [with gun] Open the register!
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Unique and great showcase for 2 actors.
30 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught this on On Demand last night on a whim, and I am really glad I spent the overpriced ticket on it. David Hyde Pierce must have had a ball with this and Clayne Crawford is a very solid performer. He reminds me of a young Ray Liotta in "Something Wild". I hope to see him in some more high quality films, because he deserves a good career. I am in total agreement with the only other reviewer here so far; this is a film that to describe too much about really would spoil the twists.

The trailer even gives a bit too much away so if you have not seen it; trust me, if you have ON Demand and you enjoy Black Comedy have a go without watching the trailer.

The entire plot twists and setup is absurd, but if you don't nitpick too much as I am wont to do you will have a great time watching two talented actors for a fast paced 90 minutes.

I would have even rated this higher like a 9, but I didn't want the "incredibly surprised cause I had no expectations" factor to add too much to my numerical rating of this gem of a film.

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