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Perfect (1985)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 June 1985 (USA)
A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramey Ellis ...
City News Receptionist
Alma Beltran ...
Grieving Woman
Perla Walter ...
Grieving Woman
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Grieving Woman
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Adam
John Napierala ...
City News Editor
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Charlie
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Mark Roth
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Frankie
Philippe Delgrange ...
Maitre d' in New York
Tom Schiller ...
Carly Simon's Friend
Paul Kent ...
Judge
Murphy Dunne ...
Peckerman
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Joe McKenzie
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Government Prosecutor
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A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

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Health Clubs - More Sex than Sweat ? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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7 June 1985 (USA)  »

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Perfeição  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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The picture was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards including Razzie nominations for Worst Actor (John Travolta), Worst Supporting Actress (Marilu Henner) and Worst Screenplay, but the film failed to win in any of the categories. See more »

Goofs

Carly Simon throws her drink in Adam's face over a piece he wrote about her. He later tells his boss at Rolling Stone he has a deal with Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster was co-founded by Carly's father. Given Carly's obvious disdain for Adam, it's highly unlikely Simon & Schuster would publish him. See more »

Quotes

Linda: I guess I'll go see if I can scare up a gang-bang.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Conducted and Arranged by Ralph Burns
Written by James Pierpont
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Come on, its not that bad!
8 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Really, "Perfect" is not the tactical warhead everyone seems to be implying. This is not on the same level as 80s catastrophes like "Megaforce", "Grease 2", "Howard the Duck", or (heaven help us) "Staying Alive". "Perfect" is nothing more than tragic misfire from extremely talented director James Bridges ("The Paper Chase", "Urban Cowboy") that makes the dire mistake of treating the aerobics, health club fad of the mid-80s as a serious cultural phenomenon (ugh).

It also helped to derail John Travolta's career for the better part of a decade - sad, because all one has to do is take a look at his outstanding performances in "Blow Out" and "Urban Cowboy" and realize that his acting in "Perfect" was just fine (if a bit low key). It's a shame, he could have made a lot of great movies while he was stuck in dreck like "The Experts" and strange late 80s Altman theatre pieces like Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter" (with Tom Conti!).

Travolta plays a Rolling Stone journalist hot on the trail of a big story about how health clubs are the new pick-up joints, replacing singles bars. He meets "The Pied Piper of aerobics teachers" Jamie Lee Curtis, a former Olymic swimmer who was once burned by a journalist over a piece about how she was having an affair with her coach. Of course, she and Travolta hook up and Travolta meets some other folks who frequent the gym, who are like supporting characters in a David Lynch movie (I'm unsure if the director intended to portray them as weird as they come off).

Real-life Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner shows up to essentially play himself (not very well) and, in the film's most laughable detail, Travolta writes a version of his story portraying health clubs as Emersonian watering holes of the future (or something like that).

It's all kind of bloated and weird, but really not that bad. Travolta's actually pretty good. Jamie Lee Curtis looks great but comes off as slightly grouchy, but she was probably directed that way.

Don't miss Travolta's notorious pelvic thrust sequence (you can't miss it).


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