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When investigative reporter Rowena Price learns that her friend's murder might be connected to powerful ad executive Harrison Hill, she goes undercover with the help of her associate, Miles Hailey. Posing as Katherine, a temp at Hill's agency, and Veronica, a girl Hill flirts with online, Rowena surrounds her prey from all sides, only to discover that she isn't the only one changing identities. The closer Rowena gets to finding the truth, the more we see how far people will go to protect it.
Thriller - This is a "who-done-it" investigative drama. There's a little
suspense and a bit of humor as the main character tries to figure
out who killed her friend. It has some plot twists that will keep
you guessing and will cause you to change your mind on who you
think did it.
PROFANITY: 42 F-words, 17 S-words, 1 GD, just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex scene with some motions, nudity in pictures. VIOLENCE: Dead body and one person stabbed. Not too graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking, one person appears drunk. ACTION: None COMEDY: Just a few mildly funny comments.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average Perfect Stranger is the kind of movie that makes you want to rush home and watch something by Hitchcock to be reminded that the term 'thriller' does not have to be synonymous with 'addlepated.'
USA TodayFull Review Poor Superficial and lurid, Perfect Stranger is the cinematic equivalent of spam and should, like those trashy messages, be avoided.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 135 moviegoers:
TEENS:Not very good opinions. Not recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males enjoyed "Perfect Stranger" very much. The female opinions are a little lower but still decent. About half enjoyed it very much. Most of the remaining opinions are average (Good) to below average (Poor). Recommended, but not strongly.
ADULTS:The first thing I noticed is the relatively few "Fantastic" opinions and the high percentage of "Very Good" and "Good" opinions, or lower. This tells me that most will feel that "Perfect Stranger" is a good movie, but not a great movie. Nearly half of you may be somewhat disappointed but you will likely enjoy it, at least to some degree.
This is a movie about secrets. Those we have. Those we share. And those
we'll do anything to protect.
Rowena Price (HALLE BERRY) is an investigative reporter who has perfected
the art of exposing other people's secrets. So when childhood friend Grace
Clayton, who was having an affair with married advertising executive Harrison
Hill (BRUCE WILLIS), turns up murdered, Rowena is determined to find the truth.
Thanks to her associate, tech-savvy Miles Haley (GIOVANNI RIBISI), Rowena
gains access to Grace's e-mail and learns that Grace was threatening to go to
Hill's wife. Armed with that knowledge, Rowena goes undercover and becomes
the perfect stranger - first as a temp, Katherine, in Hill's advertising agency, and
then as Rocketgirl aka Veronica, another one of his online paramours. She
watches the unsuspecting Hill from all sides, taking note of his wife doing the
same. This is a man with an appetite for power, a weakness for women, and a
wife on alert.
But in exposing Hill's secrets Ro unwittingly discovers a connection between
Grace and two significant people in her life; her boyfriend, Cameron (GARY
DOURDAN) and her best friend, Miles, leaving her feeling confused, betrayed,
and with no one to trust on this journey.
The closer Ro gets to the truth, the more we begin to ask: What was this secret
Grace had? And why would someone kill to protect it?