March 13, 2007, - 1:20 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you like your movie thrillers agenda-free and filled with a good plot, forget the new Halle Berry flick, “Perfect Stranger,” coming out in mid-April.
In case you or anyone forgot about Congressman Mark Foley and his gay page scandal, Berry and scriptwriters deign to remind us. The movie opens with her confronting and doing a hit-piece on secretly gay, very conservative Republican U.S. Senator Sachs of New York–who is very pro-family values but secretly sexually harassing his male interns. Get it–”Sachs-ual Harassment”? Haha, funny. Because no liberal Congressmen have been caught in immoral sex scandals. Barney Frank? Gerry Studds? Mel Reynolds? . . .
And then there’s Berry’s snide dialogue about dead bodies of U.S. soldiers coming home from Iraq and how the government is trying to hide them. What on earth is this doing in a movie thriller that has not a whit to do with Iraq? Shame on the makers of this movie and Halle Berry for using dead U.S. soldiers for dialogue fodder.
And why is supposedly conservative/Republican Bruce Willis in this utter dud, complete with the worst rug I’ve seen him wear yet?
Beside all that, “Perfect Stranger” is just a perfectly cockamamie, absurd movie that’s hardly thrilling. (The only “Perfect Strangers” worth noting is the former ABC TV series with the character, Balki Bartokomous.)
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