September 12, 2015

Dig A Little Deeper: The Perfect Guy (2015)

Have you ever been drawn to someone? I think that's technically the definition of attraction, but for the sake of this post, we'll just go with "clicked with someone." After all, clicking with someone could be platonic or romantic. But, the point being, you were drawn in and couldn't explain why or wanted to fight any feelings. Trust me, you're not alone.

Everybody goes through the same thing, at some point or another. And while it's great to feel drawn in--really great, right?--we should still probably proceed with caution, because the truth is we don't really know that person. This is true no matter how much of a good feeling we get from being in their presence. After all, it could just be surface, if you get my drift. That's why we have to dig deeper to find out if the clicking is a sign of something real, and in the process of doing so, we'll hopefully learn enough about the other person to make an informed decision about whether or not we should pursue anything with them, platonic or romantic. The movie The Perfect Guy (2015) is a great reminder that we should all take the time to dig a little deeper no matter how much we are drawn towards someone we don't know. After all, there is no real way of knowing who they really are otherwise without taking the time to get to know them.

In the movie The Perfect Guy (2015), Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) has it all, beauty and brains. And though she is successful on the job and in a seemingly happy relationship, she is also growing tired of her long term disagreement with her boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) about the lack of progression of their relationship into a permanent situation. Enter Carter (Michael Ealy). When Leah decides to break up with Dave, and then briefly dates Carter a short time after, she learns that maybe she shouldn't be so impetuous in her assessment of either guy, after all. Unfortunately, in order to learn that lesson, and then some, Leah has to go through quite a bit of a drama at the hands of her psychotic, murdering ex-boyfriend, Carter. By the end of the movie, Leah had not only loved and lost, but also had to resort to extreme measures to protect herself. And that was in addition to learning the lesson that maybe she shouldn't jump into things, or make rash decisions about relationships without really assessing who she's dealing with. Note to us all.

While this movie is quite an entertaining thriller, it also serves as a great reminder of an important life lesson that we should all take heed to. By taking the necessary time to get to know someone, we afford ourselves the opportunity to dig a little deeper so we can make an informed decision about whether or not we should pursue a relationship, of any kind, with that person. Although Leah's case had extreme circumstances, the moral of the story still rings true for all of us, yes? So, the take away, then, in my estimation is that we all proceed with caution, no matter how much you click with someone. Besides, if the draw or attraction is legit, it'll be that much more deeper and fulfilling if you wait to learn more about your new friend. Good luck!

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