The Perfect Host (2011)
Average Rating: 5.1/10
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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce)is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is a career criminal. He's just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick's doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who's been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of
Jul 1, 2011 Limited
Aug 30, 2011
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Around every corner is a new twist, a strategically placed misdirection or another switch of predator and prey. But while the gamesmanship is satisfying in moderation, it becomes a little monotonous in excess.
The less one knows about this perverse thriller from debuting director Nick Tomnay the better; a full appreciation of its delights lies in its revelations.
What aims for Hitchcockian slyness ends up an inconsequential jumble in the comedy thriller "The Perfect Host."
This is not the type of movie whose inherent dopiness angers or frustrates. You just sort of giggle at the kids having fun.
Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host manages to take a rather simple premise and do something rather inventive and refreshing with it.
The plot isn't believable, but it sure is fun. It skewers expectations and has a lot of unexpected turns.
The Perfect Host is a welcome sherbet between the many more weighty films currently playing.
The actors give invested performances, but The Perfect Host's story twists reveal it to be a bullsh-t head feint exercise designed from the ground up as merely a collection of goosing scenes.
Though this 'Host' is far from perfect, it does offer incidental pleasures--not least Pierce's exuberant turn.
a bizarre train wreck of unfortunate circumstance piled on top of perverse, illogical fantasy and caught somewhere between psychological thriller and bemusing dark comedy
Recommended to those who like being endlessly led down filmic garden paths devoid of logic or empathy.
Clayne Crawford and John Malkovich-like David Hyde Pierce are excellent screen sparring partners in 'The Perfect Host.'
A chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them.
Audience Reviews for The Perfect Host
- Warwick Wilson: No need to thank me, John. You made things very entertaining.
- Warwick Wilson: People need to understand their government's fucking serious!
- Warwick Wilson: You're nothing. you're disposable,forgettable, a supporting player. You're nothing. It's like you don't even exist.
- John Taylor: It may look like you have the upper hand, but if you're not paying attention your opponent can blid side you.
- John Taylor: Please don't kill me.
- Warwick Wilson: Your my guest, and I'm glad you're here, but you've only got yourself to blame.
- Warwick Wilson: There are many women who have travelled the road to warwick. I can't be blamed for the love I've shared.
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