The Perfect Guy, is an upcoming sexy stalker movie about a trio of intensely attractive people and a love triangle which takes a sinister turn. Leah (Sanaa Lathan) is a beautiful and successful woman in her mid thirties, with the (very first world) problem of two gorgeous love interests: her ex boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) and rebound lover Carter (Michael Ealy). All is steamy and fabulous until Carter is jilted for Dave and takes this as an ideal opportunity to showcase his obsessive and sociopathic tendencies.
Sony Pictures has unveiled a new U.K trailer for the film, tantalizing its audience with a hot and heavy focus on the carnal appeal of its lead actors. Click above to watch.
Opting for a non dialogue approach, the trailer relies on sultry stalker anthem; 'I Put A Spell On You' to build the atmosphere and tension from high impact love scenes to the murderous meat of the story. The Perfect Guy is directed by David M. Rosenthal (Janie Jones, A Single Shot) and is due for release in the U.S. soon. Latham and Chestnut reunited for this project after having previously worked together on The Best Man Holiday. The movie will also feature Rutina Wesley, Kathryn Morris, Holt McCallany and Charles S. Dutton as supporting cast members:
Despite the gender flip, Perfect Guy has already drawn comparisons with the mother of all stalker movies: Fatal Attraction. Rosenthal addressed this and gave an insight to his take on the erotic thriller genre, while speaking to ComingSoon:
“I got to shed some of the more conventional tropes in the movie. Some of the clichés, and things that tend to find their way into genre pictures, and tend to bring them down to a base level. I got to bring something more specific, or something more odd, and put my take on it.”
At first glance the Perfect Guy trailer footage does little to deter the cliches expected from this genre. The definition is muddy between which details are a tongue in cheek nod to well-trodden tropes and which are intended in all seriousness. The high point is the actors bringing enthusiastic levels of allure spiced with effective brooding stares and love struck psycho moments from Michael Ely, who is clearly relishing this chance to step out of his romantic good guy image.
The music choice here delivers the mood and allows for heartbeat length clips of passion, spliced with breathy sound effects on each beat (just in case you were unclear about the content!) which contrast well to the sinister, post stalker reveal, later clips. Unfortunately this is a fairly exhausted trick from the trailer making toolbox, and much like the similar marketing for Fifty Shades Of Grey, these choices feel somewhat obvious and divert from Rosenthal's assurances that there are unexpected tricks up his movie's sleeve.
Then again, as far as early September offerings go, there are worse things that a (hopefully) entertainingly pulp erotic thriller like The Perfect Guy.
The Perfect Guy will be released in U.S. theaters on September 11th, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures