Think Like A Man Too

The Perfect Guy

I like to discuss movies critically, but I consider myself a movie fan more than I consider myself a movie critic. All movies aren’t Oscar contenders, and that’s ok. That being said, I’ve seen so many movies that I can’t help but notice when one doesn’t measure up. When I saw the trailer for The Perfect Guy, I thought it looked like it might be passably entertaining, but it seemed derivative even in that 30-second clip. I’m probably showing my age, but Fatal Attraction will forever be the standard bearer in this genre, because it was just as suspenseful as it was smart. The Perfect Guy was neither suspenseful nor smart, and the only reason why I wasn’t disappointed was because my expectations were low to begin with.

Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan, The Best Man Holiday) is a beautiful, accomplished woman who seems to have it all. Her boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut, The Best Man Holiday) is every bit her equal, and they look like a great match. However, as most women in their thirties will attest, there comes a time when you’re ready to start a family, and any person or relationship that doesn’t advance that objective is a waste of time. When Dave reveals his uncertainty about future fatherhood, the pair agrees it’s best to part ways. Fresh out of a two-year relationship, it isn’t long before Leah crosses paths with a very handsome stranger, Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy, Think Like a Man Too).

Carter is everything a woman would want, which is sort of the problem. I’m all for positive vibes, but most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Carter is attentive, doting, romantic, and chivalrous. When he shows up to her workplace unexpectedly, Leah is flattered not frightened – even though she never told him where she worked. The couple moves at lightning speed, and she even introduces him to her parents, despite the fact it’s only been a few weeks. They seem like a match made in heaven until the short relationship implodes in a horrifying instant. While stopped at a gas station, a man approaches Leah while she waits in the car for Carter, who’s inside. He strikes up a conversation about Carter’s classic car, but before Leah can relay the stranger’s admiration Carter mercilessly attacks the man, savagely beating him in a jealous rage.

After this critical plot point, the movie devolved into a hackneyed exercise in predictability. There was little in the way of character development, as Carter had two extremes: angel and maniac, with no shades of gray. There should’ve been a slow build to his insanity, a subtle moment where Lathan’s character begins to second-guess the relationship. When Carter snaps, there’s no doubt that the relationship is over because his actions are so extreme with such little provocation. When Dave and Leah reconnect, it feels contrived, a function of necessity rather than realism. I like Lathan and Chestnut, but at what point are they going to stretch themselves artistically? This movie does not meaningfully add to their repertoire. Ealy typically features as the clichéd “nice” leading man, so I’ll give him credit for doing something different this time around, though the source material was lacking. The Perfect Guy didn’t need to be the perfect movie, but it was not big screen worthy. I know the movie has a built-in audience, and I’m sure they loved it. I certainly did not. Grade: D.


When it comes to television, no one does it better than HBO. From iconic series like Sex and the City and The Wire to current shows like Game of Thrones, the venerable network is the standard bearer. One of my favorite shows was Entourage, an HBO series produced by Mark Wahlberg, which aired from 2004-2011. The series was loosely based on Wahlberg, centering on fictional star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier, The Devil Wears Prada) and his band of brothers from Queens, NY. Although the series faltered in later seasons, I stuck with it for the duration and greatly anticipated the feature film. I enjoyed the movie and think longtime fans of the show will be pleased; however, it may not resonate as much with new viewers.

The movie begins with an effective synopsis of the main characters, with writer/director Doug Ellin picking up as if we’re tuning in for the latest episode. Vince is rebounding from a Hollywood marriage that lasted about as long as the common cold; Eric (Kevin Connolly, Secretariat) is expecting a baby with his ex Sloan, Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon, Poseidon) is still carving out an existence as a B-list actor, and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara, Think Like a Man Too) has impressively amassed an empire through Avion tequila. Vince’s sharp-tongued agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) has proven to be the rainmaker we knew he’d be, and all is right with the world. Vince has always fancied himself an artist, and the trappings of fame have never made him compromise his creative integrity. To that end, he’d like to fulfill his dream of being a true auteur by directing and starring in his own film. Personally, I thought it was a stretch for the character – but in the land of Entourage Vince’s dreams are going to come true.

Problems arise when Vince’s movie needs additional financing, and Ari has difficulty securing it from the man holding the purse strings, a Texas billionaire played by Billy Bob Thornton. Ari makes it painfully clear to Vince that he’s overextended and that if the movie flops, both of them are finished in Tinseltown. When their financier’s piss-ant son (played by a pudgy Haley Joel Osment) threatens to scrap the movie, Vince and Ari must find a way to salvage it all. Meanwhile Eric awkwardly juggles a couple of women and Turtle courts MMA fighter Ronda Rousey.

Entourage has always relied heavily on the escapism factor, and that was on full tilt here. Keeping with the series, the movie was littered with cameos, from rappers to actors to athletes. The whole thing was over-the-top hedonism, but it felt good to see Vince continuing his customary lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy. It wouldn’t make sense to make a movie where Vince had fallen off, especially after his character experienced a brief professional and personal downturn in the latter seasons of the show. We’ve seen what it looks like when Vince is down and out, and I don’t think that would’ve made sense for a feature length film.

The movie put a nice neat little bow on the series, and it will be rewarding for fans. However, if you’re going into the movie “cold,” I’m not sure you’ll catch all the references, characters, and inside jokes. You won’t appreciate or fully understand the journey and you won’t be invested in the characters or the rather flimsy plot. Sure, the bawdy, gaudy lifestyle is entertaining, but I don’t think it’s worth the price of a movie ticket. In sum: it’s a must-see for Entourage fans, and a Redbox pick for everyone else. Grade: B+