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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.

Director:

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

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

Taglines:

Hot Bodies. High Energy. Cool Music. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The approach that director James Bridges suggested to writer Aaron Latham, was to make the Rolling Stone journalist the central character in the movie. The film, which Bridges went on to produce and direct from the screenplay he wrote with Latham, then was sculptured to take a look at both contemporary journalism and modern sexual mores. 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: It's a lot more fun looking for Mr. Goodbody than Mr. Goodbar.
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Spoofed in Perfection (1985) See more »

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Does He Dance
Written by Debrah Neal and Jay Ferguson
Performed by Debrah Neal
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Flawed.
11 November 2005 | by carmenjonze-1See all my reviews

PERFECT reminds you of precisely what you wanted to forget about the mid-80s, including the movie, itself. That's why so many are uncomfortable with it, myself included.

Yes, Jamie Lee looks lovely (though she'd go on to look much better -- and much healthier -- in subsequent films), and it's fun to grin along with Travolta and the Tent in His Shorts in that entirely-too-long "hot aerobics moves" sequence.. But PERFECT is useful for one thing and one thing only, being an send up of East coast pretentiousness and presumptions about the "Los Angeles"/airhead image. Oh yes, and it's probably the only film on earth to mention the ABSCAM scandal of 1980. Give it two stars for that, alone.

There's a not-so-subtle gay undercurrent running through PERFECT be it the impromptu Boy George Fandom conference at the hotel, the pretty blonde fruits prancing around Sport Connection and incredulous "Chippendale (i.e. homosexual) boyfriend" of the aggressively heterosexual Sally; or the purposely genderless introduction of Jessie's "swim coach" rumor. Be honest: you wait with bated breath until the movie provides you with the sigh of relief that the swim coach was indeed male. It could have been worse: all that memory trauma could have been over an allegation of...lecherous PE teacher LESBIANISM...(gasp, the horror!)

Before you tell me I'm imposing today's standards on yesterday's film, consider that these were pertinent issues, particularly for gays and gays-to-be, even (perhaps even "especially") in 1985.

But I found myself actually agreeing with the central message of the film, as articulated by that hokey Travolta analogy on pop culture and individual dreams.

Diagnosis: if PERFECT is any indicator, the "California"/LA image is the fantastic, mass-marketed product of the very people claiming to critique it from such an "objective" distance. Whatever it's funny-ha-ha flaws, anyone over age 35 is acutely aware that we're really only laughing at ourselves, our active denial of blatant, obvious 1980s in your fact homosexuality; our long-spent cans of sparkly rouge, styling mousse, and L'Oreal; synth bass and gated snare dance lines, the wrong-then-and-wrong-now spandex, and pushbutton on-screen/zero-chemistry heterosexual promiscuity.

PERFECT is the warped mirror back in our face. That is precisely WHY it was such a monumental failure at the BO. Two stars for that part, too.


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