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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

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
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
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Storyline

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:

John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis work up a sweat together! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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Box Office

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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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were also teamed in Grease (1978) and would later team up again for Two of a Kind (1983), which was a major flop. Newton-John was well known during the 1980s for her chart-topper hit song and album "Physical", which led to her TV special Olivia Newton-John: Let's Get Physical (1982) that had an abridged version released on home-video as the "Olivia Physical" video collection. ONJ's "Physical" shared the same "dancercise" themes as this movie. Newton-John was not cast in the lead aerobics instructor role of Jessie Wilson (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) nor is her hit song "Physical" part of the movie's soundtrack. See more »

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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: It's a lot more fun looking for Mr. Goodbody than Mr. Goodbar.
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Alone In The Dark
Performed by Glenn Sherba and Diana Lehr
Written by Glenn Sherba
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Strangely underrated
2 March 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

While promoting "Pulp Fiction" back in the 1990's Tarantino while explaining his casting of John Travolta in what would be one of his most iconic roles, resurrecting his career and taking to a new status, the writer and director didn't mention "Grease" or "Saturday Night Fever" as why he thought Travolta was a good actor. He quoted loving him in movies such as "Blow Out", "Carrie" and this little gem called "Perfect". Such opinions are quite surprising since most of those films (except "Carrie") weren't box-office hits neither well criticized, some gaining cult status in the following years of its release. However, even with Quentin's approval "Perfect" still finds a great deal of unexplainable resistance among film buffs, currently giving to this one of the most absurd low ratings ever given to a quite decent movie.

A short way to explain the story is thinking of an "Absence of Malice" made for the masses: it deals with ethics in journalism with Travolta playing a biased Rolling Stone reporter while unsatisfied with the running of a controversial article involving political officials dealing with corruption charges, decides to write a new and apparently harmless article on health clubs and their new function as being a cool dating place replacing the decadent singles bars. Yeah, why bothering going in places where everybody is so down when you go to a happier place, make lots of exercise and meet guys and girls with perfect bodies? There's something worth writing he thinks. Working as an obstacle to this story is a gym instructor (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) who doesn't trust reporters after a career damaging event when a reporter distorted facts while publishing a story involving her. While Travolta's story goes under false pretensions (with a bit of truth in it as well), he can't escape resisting some affection he has by the main character of his article, who each day goes by starts to like this guy, believing he's about to write a good report on the gym and its attendees.

The stone in the way of this movie is that its lack of seriousness while the events are being unfolded, often deeply concerned about the romance between the main characters. At times you think something really dangerous is about to happen, he's being followed by someone due to the other inflammable article where Travolta is torn in between telling about what his source said to him on an exclusive interview or go to jail to protect his source, but no, the film doesn't take off much from this scenario except towards its conclusion to be used as a closure to the gym instructor situation, a predictable and not very believable device.

But "Perfect" manages to keep you hold to your seat due to the reliable and impressive performances of Curtis, Travolta, Laraine Newman, Marilu Henner and small appearances from Kenneth Welsh and David Paymer. It drags down a bit when it stays for too long in the work out exercises, fun for the actors jumping up and down to the coolest and energic 1980's soundtrack but tiring for us viewers seeing an unimaginative lack of camera angles and poor editing which shifts from two different angles instead of being more acrobatic.

Story delivered some valid points (although it can look ridiculously dated now since gym's are also definitely places for dating and no one questions those things anymore), might not be perfect (no pun intended), it was well balanced and easy to follow and feel interested. So, why viewers think this is one of the worst movies ever? Makes me wonder what some of you are watching these days. There's plenty of quality in "Perfect", you just need to open your eyes to see it. 9/10


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