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Perfect (1985)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 June 1985 (USA)
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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.


James Bridges


Aaron Latham (articles), Aaron Latham (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramey Ellis Ramey Ellis ... City News Receptionist
Alma Beltran ... Grieving Woman
Perla Walter ... Grieving Woman
Gina Morelli ... Grieving Woman
John Travolta ... Adam
John Napierala John Napierala ... City News Editor
Stefan Gierasch ... Charlie
Jann Wenner ... Mark Roth
Anne De Salvo ... Frankie
Philippe Delgrange Philippe Delgrange ... Maitre d' in New York
Tom Schiller ... Carly Simon's Friend
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Judge
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Peckerman
Kenneth Welsh ... Joe McKenzie
Michael Laskin ... Government Prosecutor


Fed up with writing obituaries for a local New Jersey newspaper, the inquisitive and ambitious journalist, Adam Lawrence, finally gets his big break, when--as a Rolling Stone reporter--gets to interview a well-off entrepreneur accused of drug-dealing. However, one brief look at the tight-bodied members of a modern gym will have Adam itching to write an exposé on the latest craze of fitness and health centres, where aerobics instructors like the ferociously-astonishing, Jessie, are the absolute stars. But, Jessie, really despises interviewers. Will she ever let him into her sultry world of cool music, high-energy exercise, and perfection? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The perfection of the body and the senses mean RHYTHM! JOHN TRAVOLTA and JAMIE LEE CURTIS in a one-hundred-thousand-volt Dance Ecstasy! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE. See more »


The name of the sales person at The Sports Connection who gives Adam a tour of the club is named Robert. At her birthday party, Sally calls him Albert. See more »


Adam Lawrence: Tom? Tom, look, I cannot take this anymore. You got to get me off the obit desk. I can't write another obituary.
City News Editor: Calm down, Adam. Relax. It isn't going to last forever. Think of it this way: This is your last chance in journalism to write anything nice about anybody!
Adam Lawrence: Perfect...
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Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)!
Written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley (as Andrew Ridgely)
Performed by Wham!
Produced by Bob Carter
Used by Permission of CBS Records
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Excellent and, if you don't think so then I'm afraid you just don't get it.
9 October 2018 | by FX_LordSee all my reviews

This film was only recently brought to my attention, I've so far watched it five times. Why? Because I'm a writer who loves to study effective character work in effective screenplays. The fact that this film received a Razzie nomination for worst screenplay only serves to invalidate the Razzies for me rather than changing my opinion of this film.

The way some reviews even mention the fact that the film was a flop as though that validates their opinion that it was awful. So The Thing (1982) was awful then? Or Blade Runner the same year. There are many reasons for films to flop, marketing for instance, or how about the fact that it was competing with Rambo II, The Goonies, Brewster's Millions, hell even Beverly Hills Cop released six months earlier was still doing good business then.

The summer of 1985 was saturated with hits, and here they threw this little character driven narrative into that environment, I don't understand how they thought it could have been a hit frankly. Kids wouldn't get it, frankly adults who just wanted to see Jamie Lee Curtis in a leotard probably wouldn't get it.

It's a story about a reporter (Travolta) who, at the start of the film, has the gumption to use women to get a story; a man who had no conscience about that behaviour. Until that is he falls in love with a woman (Curtis) he is trying to use for a story. His love for her challenges his self perception and forces him to rethink his ways as he tries to save himself from a broken heart.

The film centres around a health club where he finds women obsessed with the pursuit of physical perfection (at least by their perception). Women who believe it is the only way they will ever be loved. Thematically it's quite tragic, and I was a little underwhelmed by the writer's lack of any real insight into that cultural problem but figured that was symptomatic of what was understood about mental health in the 1980s compared to today, so I forgive him that.

If you're not afraid of character driven narratives, like most people who only watch mainstream films, then you should find this film enjoyable. The pacing is a little slow and they linger for far too long on the aerobics sessions (although not if you're watching for pervy reasons) but if you can get past that and get behind the character's story then you should enjoy it.

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English | French

Release Date:

7 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,222,810, 9 June 1985

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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