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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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James Bridges

Writers:

Aaron Latham (story "Looking for Mr. Goodbody - Health Clubs: The New Singles Bars"), Aaron Latham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramey Ellis Ramey Ellis ... City News Receptionist
Alma Beltran ... Grieving Woman
Perla Walter Perla Walter ... Grieving Woman
Gina Morelli ... Grieving Woman
John Travolta ... Adam
John Napierala John Napierala ... City News Editor
Stefan Gierasch ... Charlie
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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
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Health Clubs - More Sex than Sweat ? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfeição See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,222,810, 9 June 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,918,858
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Perfect? It's anything but!
11 May 2003 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee all my reviews

My Goodness, what a bomb! We didn't drop anything this big on Iraq!

Perfect is the story of a Rolling Stone reporter (Travolta) who trips over his ethics, or lack there of while writing two big stories. His first story deals with a computer tycoon in hot water with the U.S. government for selling his products to an Eastern-Bloc country. This angle is played way up considering the lack of details we are told about the situation. No matter, the story you will remember deals with a swanky health club in L.A.. Travolta wishes to write a piece about how health clubs in the 1980s are replacing the singles bars of the 1970s as the #1 place for people to meet. Take that premise and see how long you can stretch it. Director Bridges apparently thought he could drag it out for nearly two hours and still keep our attention.

This film suffers from a severe lack of focus. There are too many location changes to count. There is also too much running around and too much time wasted on insignificant little things. For example, what was up with Travolta's sudden trip to Morocco near the end of the film. It had no purpose what so ever! Another problem this film has is its tendency to drag out every scene to last as long as whatever cheesy 80s dance song is playing in the background. That gets old pretty darn quick.

This film is also hopelessly dated in terms of fashion. If any guy came into my health club wearing tights or a fish-net tank top, he'd probably get beaten up. Bridges & CO also try to recycle a gag that worked in Urban Cowboy. In that film, there was a scene featuring numerous women dressed up for a Dolly Parton look-alike contest. In this film, we get about a hundred people dressed up as Boy George in a scene at a hotel. In Urban Cowboy it worked since there was a legitimate reason for all the people to dress that way. They were at least trying to win a contest. The scene in Perfect is useless and it only serves to date the film even further.

This film was by no means Travolta's worst. Has anyone seen The Experts or Shout? This film did, however, have his most embarrassing scene. In it, he's sweating away in Jamie Lee Curtis's aerobics class and doing a never-ending series of pelvic thrusts to the dance beat. His crotch has obviously been stuffed with a sock, or perhaps the thing Hammer used in his Pumps in a Bump video. Truly hilarious!

Travolta is a talented actor, but he has nothing to work with here. Jamie Lee Curtis is also a great talent, but she is wasted as well. She looks absolutely gorgeous, but her character is so moody and abrasive that we can hardly stand her. The supporting cast of mostly unknowns fills out their respective stereotypical roles as well as they can.

In all, this is a poor film on all levels. It tries to be an insightful look at journalistic ethics and falls flat on its face. It comes off as being little more than a two hour plug for Rolling Stone Magazine. Too Bad.

3 of 10 stars

So sayeth the Hound.


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