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Perfect Stranger

drama, thrillers

When her friend's affair with a powerful ad executive ends in the woman's murder, an investigative reporter goes undercover within his agency to link him to the crime.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Silly thriller has creepy mix of sex, violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Halle Berry/Bruce Willis thriller -- which focuses on corporate deception and murder and has several sexually charged scenes -- is meant for adults. Violent imagery includes a decaying corpse in a morgue, flashbacks to a stepfather about to rape a little girl, a man's bloody murder and late-night burial, discussion of the effects of a dire poison, a threat made against a woman in a car, and a bloody stabbing death. Sexual content includes women in lingerie and sexy dresses, intercourse up against a wall (after a brief look, the camera cuts to man watching in the shadows), repeated references to Harrison's "lesbian" assistant, allusions to incest, sexual slang ("d--k," "balls"), graphic photos, and frequent sexual talk online. Four or five scenes feature drinking, at least twice to visible drunkenness, and there's a fair amount of swearing (mostly "f--k" and "s--t").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why sex and violence often intersect in thrillers. How do movies and TV shows make sex seem bad or good? Do any of the characters in this movie use sex -- or even the idea of sex -- as a weapon? What messages does that send? Families can also discuss secrets. Is it ever good to keep secrets from people who trust you? What are the possible consequences of being caught in a lie or a secret?

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Perfect Stranger, the new thriller starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, is far from perfect and, lame as it is, not quite lousy enough to pan with joy.

- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Friday, April 13, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

WOW!!! I did NOT see that ending coming.

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, October 30, 2009

1 star

Why is it some scripts result in predictable, cheesy, made-for-tv hokum. Whilst something like Perfect Stranger, manages to attract big name stars to take down aboard it's sinking ship? Probably completed before Berry or Willis' cheques were even cashed, this rushed paint-by-numbers thriller is only saved by an unexpected ending. Don't confuse unexpected with good, it was just nice to be caught off guard by something so formulaic. It's easy to forget that Willis is a great actor and huge star, in this film. He's painfully dull and uninteresting. Berry's performance isn't awful, nor is it anything to care about. Ribisi is his excellent self, even if his role as an obsessed and creepy, but not dangerous, colleague could have been the focus of a worthwhile movie.

- kiriyamakazou, Monday, June 15, 2009

2 stars

Sometimes a movie tries so hard to twist and turn that it comes out straight as an arrow. Convoluted, overwrought with contrived moments of tension, this movie fell flat. I adore Giovanni Ribisi and his performance was superb. Bruce Willis is also a favorite and he played his part quite well. Halle Berry...what the...where...she was boring, tired and simply uninteresting. Her performance was so detached from the character that it was painful to watch. I am not sure if this was something that was intentional given the plot (the very...thin...plot) or simply that she phoned it in, but it was not fun to view. So obvious in its machinations. The technology employed to make the story move was ridiculous. Twirling around and around and going nowhere, the viewer becomes dizzy stuck in the mire of planted confusion-I will stop here. This is fun to watch for Ribisi and Willis' performances. Berry is stunning, as always, but embarrassing to watch in this. Save your evening for something better unless you simply have to see these actors in motion or slow motion anyway.

- Camus123, Wednesday, March 11, 2009