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Perfect Strangers (2003)

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A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped.


Gaylene Preston


Gaylene Preston
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Blake ... Melanie
Robyn Malcolm ... Aileen
Madeleine Sami ... Andrea
Jed Brophy ... Pete
Joel Tobeck ... Bill
Paul Glover Paul Glover ... Jim
Sam Neill ... The Man
George Cassells George Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Louis Cassells Louis Cassells ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Farra Nic Farra ... Takeaway Patron
Nic Gorman Nic Gorman ... Takeaway Patron
Lorraine Ryder Lorraine Ryder ... Publican
Ian Ryder Ian Ryder ... Publican
Richard Bullock Richard Bullock ... Bushman
Paul O'Shea Paul O'Shea ... Bushman


Melanie is out with the girls in a country town on New Zealand's wild but beautiful West Coast when she meets the perfect stranger. The inevitable question 'your place or mine?' arises and Melanie chooses his, not knowing it is a fishing boat. In the morning they are at sea destined for the stranger's home on a remote and inaccessible island. Despite the man's charm, Melanie comes to the realisation she has been kidnapped but, gradually, is captivated by strangely symbiotic nature of their relationship Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »

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As Melanie opens the freezer (at the 41-minute mark), a camera operator's shadow can be seen at the bottom right corner. See more »

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Imperfect strangers in an imperfect movie
30 April 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

As far as discreet, not noteworthy and surplus to requirements films from 2003 go, Perfect Strangers isn't a bad one. While the film isn't brilliant, or even good really, it's a fair way to spend your time and if you've got ninety minutes free, there's a lot worse things you could be doing with it. Like sticking rusty screwdrivers in your eyes, for example. The film exists in familiar territory, and follows the over-used plot formula of 'man meets woman, takes her home and turns out to be a psycho', but it mixes in elements of other genres and some down right strange ideas, and the result is a somewhat original take on the idea. Of course, most of the originality that is implanted into the plot fails, but you've got to admire a film for at least trying to be original, even if it doesn't completely pull it off. The movie's best moments are when it's doing it's best to be absurd, and it even manages to take on a black comedy feel when the story gets going. Of course, much of it's plotting is illogical or over acted or both; but then again, you could say that's your fault for taking a chance on it.

Sam Neil is the headline star of the movie, and does what he usually does. I don't like Sam Neil, I find him boring and I haven't seen many films that feature a truly convincing performance from him. Quite how he managed to achieve something resembling fame from just plodding around the set of whatever movie he's working on is one of cinema's great mysteries...but as long as he stars in movies that make money, I guess we're just going to have to put up with it. I suppose at least this one didn't make much. Neil is out-performed, out-shined and outcast by Rachael Blake, however, who stars alongside him, and like him, doesn't give a very convincing performance. That just goes to show how easy it is to outshine Sam Neil. Perfect Strangers falls down principally on the whole because of it's plotting. While the film is never actually boring, it starts off slow and just as it's about to pick itself up, it falls down again and after it's done this three or four times, it gets very annoying. Don't be too harsh on that front though, it is only ninety minutes long. I don't really recommend this film, but if you've just rented it and now you're on here wondering what it's like; I can tell that it's o.k.

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