Josie Davis in The Perfect Assistant (2008)

Definitely Not a Perfect Assistant

When David Wescott's (Chris Potter - She Drives Me Crazy) wife is suddenly taken seriously ill he is grateful that his assistant Rachel (Josie Davis - Carolina Moon) steps up to help, not only in the office but also at home where she happily helps take care of his daughter. But for Rachel it is the moment she has been waiting for because she is secretly obsessed with David and has delusions of becoming his wife. And nothing will stop her as she sets about wheedling her way into David's personal life dealing with anyone who dares get in her way or ruin her plans.

So "The Perfect Assistant" is your text book movie about a psycho woman obsessed with a man and will do whatever it takes to have him. The fact that here we have Rachel being the assistant to the man she is obsessed with is of little consequence as this is a text book psycho woman storyline. That means she murders, manipulates and schemes her way into her boss's life, silencing those who are a threat, poisoning those who could get in the way and becoming so pivotal that her boss can't function without her. The fact we have a storyline which starts with David's wife becoming seriously ill and Rachel stepping in to look after his daughter Rachel isn't new either because all this means is that she manipulates her way in to the child's life as well.

Chris Potter in The Perfect Assistant (2008)

The irony of this is that whilst from a storyline "The Perfect Assistant" doesn't offer anything new it could have worked as an average take on this sort of psycho woman/ obsessed storyline. But then we have other issues starting with a lot of terrible and flat characters which almost feel like they have come out of a pantomime with over the top facial expressions. When David's business partner looks annoyed at Rachel she pouts and glares which is so cheesy it is hilarious. And David is no better because he must be blind not to notice that Rachel is becoming quite clingy and frankly unhinged.

Talking of Rachel well Josie Davis is the movie's one positive and that is purely because she is attractive. When it comes to Davis' actual performance it is so over the top that you half expect her to let rip with an evil cackle when she sets about dealing with a threat to her plans. You can't place the whole blame on Davis because director Douglas Jackson decides to let us into Rachel's mind and hear her evil thoughts which are sublimely bad. It makes Rachel such an over the top character that you do end up laughing at how bad she is and are really just waiting for her inevitable breakdown when her evil plans are uncovered.

What this all boils down to is that "The Perfect Assistant" ends up a bad take on the psycho woman storyline which brings nothing new to the often used story of an obsessed woman and in fact goes over the top when it comes to how obsessed she is. Athough it is still entertaining, just not always in a good way.