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The Perfect Guy (2015)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 11 September 2015 (USA)
2:33 | Trailer
After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.


David M. Rosenthal


Alan B. McElroy (story by), Tyger Williams (screenplay)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanaa Lathan ... Leah
Michael Ealy ... Carter
Morris Chestnut ... Dave
L. Scott Caldwell ... Evelyn
Charles S. Dutton ... Roger
John Getz ... Renkin
Tess Harper ... Mrs. McCarthy
Kathryn Morris ... Karen
Rutina Wesley ... Alicia
Holt McCallany ... Detective Hansen
Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Rachel
David Starzyk ... Frank
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Roy the Mechanic
Wilmer Calderon ... Detective Gardner
Gordon Clapp ... Bill Forsythe


After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trust one, fear the other



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, menace, sexuality and brief strong language. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


"The Perfect Guy" is based on an original screenplay titled VALET written by Alan B. McElroy. The scene "under the bed", "the toothbrush beat", and the "hand on the shower glass", are all from that original screenplay. See more »


The detective mentions getting a subpoena to search a suspect's apartment. Subpoenas are used to obtain records or compel someone to appear in court. If a dwelling is to be searched, a search warrant is the proper item to use. A seasoned detective would know the difference between the two. See more »


Detective Hansen: First, use a non-lethal round like a bean bag; after that if it doesn't help that's when you use the live round.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Perfect Guy (2015) See more »


Written by Leon Bridges (as Todd Michael Bridges), Josh Block, Austin Jenkins and Chris Vivion
Performed by Leon Bridges
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The Perfect Guy Review
23 September 2015 | by keithlovesmoviesSee all my reviews

Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) has it all, a great career as a lobbyist and a loving relationship. Things start unraveling when her long- time boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) begins to question her plans for the future including marriage and having a family. This leads to a breakup which leaves her heartbroken. This feeling starts to go away when she meets the handsome and seemingly charming Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy). Their romance soon turns dangerous when Carter reveals to Leah his more violent side forcing her to reconsider who she once thought was Mr. Right.

The first thing that came to mind when I was watching this was that this what The Boy Next Door should have been more like. Now if you like melodrama, then this film is for you. I haven't seen too many Lifetime films but I would imagine this would be a good one. This isn't a negative but this is just what I thought. The story isn't too original and does tend to go to the cheesy side but not unexpected based on the trailers. To be honest, this film is actually two films, it's a romance film and also an action/suspense film. I thought the transition between the two tones was rather rough where the first part did not match the second. The first part was cheesy from the dialogue, to the soap- opera level acting, and the cheesy upbeat romantic music. You can tell the actors were trying, however, despite the cheesiness. The second part, which I actually liked more, was still cheesy but it had its moments. It started with Carter showing his violent side once and it continued in that direction from there. I just didn't like how quickly it happened. It just got more exciting as we got to see Michael Ealy be a slimy, sneaky, evil guy. I thought he did that very well and it was fun to watch and his performance was my favorite thing about the film. Sure, there are subplots about mid-life crises and kids but other than serving as Leah's motivation for her relationship choices, is ignored for the most part. They try to make Leah into a likable character but it just doesn't work as she is so fickle with her relationship choices by easily or impulsively moving on from man to man. This is probably unfair to Sanaa Lathan and the film but I couldn't stop thinking of Donna Tubbs from The Cleveland Show so I'm not sure if this affected my enjoyment of the film. This is not a bad film per se, its just a trashy 100 minutes

Score: 5.5/10 keithlovesmovies.com

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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,888,154, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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