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The Perfect Assistant (2008)

A woman becomes obsessively infatuated with her boss, and when his wife becomes ill, she sees an opportunity to seduce him.

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Douglas Jackson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josie Davis ... Rachel Partson
Chris Potter ... David Wescott
Rachel Hunter ... Judith Manion
Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz ... Isabelle Wescott
Jason Harper Jason Harper ... Wally
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Nora
Sophie Gendron ... Mary-Beth
Samantha Kaine ... Lara Steeves
Ian M. Watson Ian M. Watson ... Grady Bransen
Paul Hopkins ... John Price
Jennifer Marcil Jennifer Marcil ... Carol Wescott
Tina Adams ... Neana Dobra (as Martina Adamcova)
Derek Eyamie Derek Eyamie ... Paramedic
Katherine Dines ... Woman (as Katherine Dines-Craig)
Patricia McKenzie ... Nurse
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Storyline

CEO David Wescott greatly appreciates his trusted office assistant Rachel Parsons's efforts to help out in the Wescott household too when he loses his wife, leaving his child semi-orphaned after an ailing disease. Rachel stops at nothing to make herself seem indispensable in both spheres, aiming for her boss's exclusive attention. She's confident a business trip to New York provides the perfect opportunity for her to propose, but realizing she schemed to intrude his intimacy, he puts her in her place, planting the seed for spiteful revenge at a corporate dinner. Written by KGF Vissers

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If she can't have him, no one can.


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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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In Germany this movie is sold on DVD under the name "Secretary 2" with a cover similar to the cover of Secretary (2002). There is no real connection between these two movies. See more »

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The Perfect Assistant
30 January 2008 | by t-man-8See all my reviews

Having watched more than my share of Lifetime movies, I am constantly surprised at the creative ways the filmmakers switch things up. There is a format that these movies follow and it must be challenging to consistently find ways to keep them fresh--and more importantly, with this channel, entertaining.

I think part of the reason why The Perfect Assistant was so enjoyable is that it features a collective of actors who work pretty consistently in these movies, and much like a basketball team that has played together for a long time, they have a fun time with what they are doing. While the user above pointed out Sophie's performance I have to say I completely disagree. Not only is she hot, but she brings a spark to the screen. If they were recasting Dallas, she'd fit right in.

I've enjoyed a few movies she and some of the other cast have been in for Lifetime, and part of that enjoyment is seeing what type of character they'll be playing this time around. Is it the disingenuous friend? The unsuspecting sister? The co-worker with a nefarious plan? The roles are just "parts" to an actor. But in a cable TV movie, each of these roles is a part of the plot machinery that must move the story forward. So watching what choices fine actors like Ms. Gendron and Mr. Potter make with these roles is part of the delicious fun of watching the films.

If you are a fan of puzzle movies, or cable drama thrills, than The Perfect Assistant is certainly going to be very satisfying. If not, then you might want to watch something else.


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