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The Perfect Host: A Very Short Movie Review

July 7, 2011

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(I'm not going to spoil this movie by mentioning any details you won't get in a preview. Read on without fear.)

The other day I didn't want to run errands and instead ordered "The Perfect Host" from our cable's on-demand service. 

The movie is billed as a comedy thriller on IMBD (linked above).

I'm good with that.

A very dark comedy.

It stars David Hyde Pierce (known to most folks as the brother of "Fraiser"). He plays a homeowner who gets an unexpected and forced visit from a criminal played by Clayne Crawford. The plot requires that both actors wear many psychological hats, and both rise well to the ocassion. I often had to mentally toss a coin about which character I liked the most at any given time. That's one of the best things about this movie: you do quickly become involved with and care about these two characters, often in complex and unpleasant ways.

I also enjoyed the "flashbacks," that were cut into the action at just the right time, to give us additional information. There are some fun little twists and sometimes the fact that we see them coming is, well, just part of the comedy.

It is a violent film, but I enjoy thrillers and I think this is a charming film. I'll be looking for more from director/writer Nick Tomnay.

 

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