What would happen if a late-night, D-grade direct-to-cable thriller excised all of the raunchily enjoyable elements and managed to attract an A-list cast?

The result might be shockingly like Perfect Stranger, a movie so inane that it fails to rise to the level of "good trash." Like Hannibal Rising, this is one of those dumb thrillers where's it's tough to decide which element is worse: the direction, the editing, the acting, or the writing.

There are times when a movie like Perfect Stranger can achieve the status of a "guilty pleasure" - assuming there's plenty of sex and nudity to go along with the purple prose and cheap twists.

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A computer account is full of incriminating sexy chat transcripts between Grace and "ADEX." But is ADEX Harrison?

This is something Rowena must determine with the help of her sidekick, Miles (Giovanni Ribisi).

To do so, she attacks on two fronts - logging on and sending suggestive messages to ADEX and joining Harrison's company as a gofer.

Both lead actors are clearly on hand to earn a paycheck.

Bruce Willis is marking time waiting for his next opportunity to die hard.

He gets to glare a lot and throw a guy around, but that's pretty much the sum total of his performance. She looks great but plays such a bitch that it's easy to stop caring about her ten minutes into the film.

(This is not, I'm sure, what director James Foley was aiming for.) Those hoping for a Swordfish moment will be disappointed.

Berry keeps everything under wraps or below the camera line.

Too bad, because that might have provided a reason for at least a few people to see Perfect Stranger.

Rowena (Berry) is an investigative reporter who is searching for the killer of her childhood friend, Grace (Nicki Aycox).

At the time of her demise, Grace was having an affair with married advertising magnate Harrison Hill (Bruce Willis).