The Perfect Guy

Theatrical Release: September 11, 2015
The Perfect Guy


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 whom she should trust and whom she should fear.

Dove Review

“The Perfect Guy” turns out to be…well, not so perfect. When Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) pressures her live-in boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) to marry her and start a family, he tells her he isn’t ready for that. She tells him to move on, and he does. She starts dating a new man she just met at the coffee shop, Carter (Michael Ealy). Carter seems to be everything she would ever want. He’s a handsome man with manners, and he even hits it off with her hard-to-please father. However, when they stop at a gas station after leaving Leah’s parents’ home, Carter sees a man talking to Leah, and he goes berserk and beats the man nearly to death. She decides she can’t live with that kind of man, and when she tells him their relationship is over, he doesn’t get the idea.

He stalks her, breaks into her home, bugs her computer and monitors her every move. He steals her cat, too. Even a restraining order against him doesn’t help. When Leah begins dating Dave again, the film foreshadows that somebody, or quite possibly more than one person, might not live much longer. When Carter goes one step too far, Leah decides she should take matters into her own hands.

Despite the suspense and well-executed performances, the sex, violence and language categories are too strong for us to award this movie our Dove Family Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sex outside of marriage by two different couples; passionate sex inside a restroom, although the scene is not graphic; a couple has sex in a bedroom, and the woman's groans are audible; a video of a couple having sex (under covers) is sent by e-mail to an employer and employees.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-6; J-2; F-1; BS-2; S-6; H-2; B*tch-2; Mother of God-1; Sl*t-1; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: A lot of violence, including a man being beaten badly, with blood on his face; man's car is tampered with, and he wrecks it and goes over a cliff, and blood is on his face; man is smothered to death; man grabs man; man and woman physically fight, and woman has blood on her face; man is shot and has a bloody wound.
Drugs: Several bar and drinking scenes; wine and beer; toasts; woman takes prescription pill for nerves.
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage; woman in lingerie; bare shoulders in shower.
Other: Tension between characters; man stalks woman and monitors her every move; man plots a murder.


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter