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Perfect Tenant

1 rating: 1.0
A movie directed by Doug Campbell

When Jessica Michaels (Purl) lets her guesthouse to Bryan Hartwell, she thinks she's found the perfect tenant. He's tidy, polite and handsome. However, unbeknownst to Jessica, he's also a deranged sociopath with a twisted agenda to exact … see full wiki

Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Perfect Tenant

Perfect Tenant – 2000

  • Jul 9, 2003
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This certainly wasn’t Michael Keaton in Pacific Heights, but it was interesting enough to keep my attention for the 93 minutes it ran. The story is based on a tragic death that was witnessed by a young and impressionable 9 year old, Danny Summer (Maxwell Caufield), that returns home at Christmas to find his daddy hanging from the rafters.

Seems daddy (Christopher Kreisa), a teacher, had been a bad little boy and liked to fondle his students. When one of them comes forward, Jessica Michaels (Linda Purl), and makes her accusations, daddy decides to take the cowards way out and kills himself. Flash forward X number of years, we find the mature Jessica, starting her own – what? Tea shoppe? catering business? Something like that. She has a nice house, a grown daughter suffering teenage angst, an ill father, and a nice guesthouse that is for rent.

Helloooo Danny!

Of course, now his name is Bryan Hartwell, and he comes with good recommendations from the mental hospital where he worked as an orderly for years. He’s an attractive man, one that Jessica leans on for support. One that her daughter doesn’t trust. One that her father doesn’t trust. But he does have one person that trusts him completely. In fact, she stands by and does nothing when Danny/Bryan kills Jessica’s father. She was hired by Jessica to help out at the shoppe, and to watch over her ill father.

Hey Danny, meet Rachael (Tracey Nelson), your long lost sister.

Of course the plot is so obvious I could have written the script, no biggie. Not a lot of time invested in the film, just some mindless entertainment. As far as the actors, it is hard to believe so much time has passed since Caufield appeared in Grease 2, he barely seems to have aged. His acting, however, hasn’t improved one iota, too bad.

Tracey Nelson was a nice surprise, nothing spectacular, but nice to see the family genes continuing in the business. Damn, hard to believe she is Ricky’s daughter – has that much time passed? Linda Purl was gorgeous as usual, but starting to show her time on camera. Another family-oriented acting person, although she is just a daughter-in-law. Earl Holliman played the part of Jessica’s father, a nice old dependable sort.

There isn’t any point when you are scooting to the end of your chair, or hiding your eyes, but it keeps you entertained. No awards, no soundtrack, rated R for violence and language. Written by M. Todd Bonin, Doug Campbell, Jim Vines. Directed by Doug Campbell.



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