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The Perfect Host (2010)

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An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

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Monica (as Indira Gibson)
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Storekeeper (as George Kee Cheung)
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Thief (as Brooke 'Mikey' Anderson)
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$48,430 (USA) (2 September 2011)
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Photographed in 17 days. See more »

Goofs

The postcard discussed was advised to be sent from the female friend whilst holidaying in Sydney, of post code 2000. However, upon further review of the postcard at the dinner table, it has a circular Post Shop lodgment stamp printed as 'The Glen 3150', which represents a specific Australia Post outlet situated in the suburb Glen Waverley, east of Melbourne. Sydney and Melbourne are about 1 hour 20 minutes flight from each other. See more »

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[first lines]
Thief: [with gun] Open the register!
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: The Perfect Host (2011) See more »

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 21 in C Major, K 467: II. Andante
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of X5 Music
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Highly entertaining thriller, with a smashing performance from David Hyde Pierce
8 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At first glance, The Perfect Host concerns John Taylor's best laid plans being shattered when he meets quirky socialite Warwick Wilson. I wouldn't want to reveal much more; suffice it to say that the film's trailer barely skims the surface so to speak.

Once Warwick's true nature is revealed, it becomes difficult to discern good guy from bad guy. This, however, is one of the film's strengths; it doesn't beat its audience over the head with a specific philosophy.

The highlight of the piece is, without a doubt, the brilliant David Hyde Pierce. As I'm not familiar with Frasier, I can't compare Mr. Pierce's performance as Warwick to Niles Crane. In any case his transformation over the course of The Perfect Host is truly frightening.

I for one hope Mr. Pierce receives a good amount of Best Actor or Supporting Actor award recognition for his work here. He probably has a better shot at the latter, but that can't really be said yet. If you're a fan of his, or are simply curious about The Perfect Host, you're bound to have a good time.


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