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The Perfect Match (1988)

PG | | Comedy | May 1988 (USA)
A single woman's best friend makes her call a man who had put his ad up in the newspaper. When they meet they both lie about their interests, later on finding out the truth about eachother the hard way.


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Nick Duretta (screenplay), David A. Burr (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc McClure ... Tim Wainwright
Jennifer Edwards ... Nancy Bryant
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Vicki
Rob Paulsen ... John Wainwright
Karen Lorre ... Tammy (as Karen Witter)
Jean Byron ... Mom (as Jeane Byron)
Edward Mehler Edward Mehler ... Wilhauser
Kerry Sherman ... Jeannine (as Kerry Sherman English)
Kelly Kennemer Kelly Kennemer ... Waiter
G. Austin Cooper G. Austin Cooper ... 7-11 Clerk
Robbi Rochester Robbi Rochester ... Man in 7-11
Dan Pattarson Dan Pattarson ... Hurried Video Customer
Carin Badger Carin Badger ... Teenage Employee
Cliff Medaugh Cliff Medaugh ... Dirty Old Man
Christopher Johnston Christopher Johnston ... Basketball Kid


A single woman's best friend makes her call a man who had put his ad up in the newspaper. When they meet they both lie about their interests, later on finding out the truth about eachother the hard way.

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May 1988 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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During Tim and Nancy's camping trip, Tim starts taking photos of Nancy. He then goes on to explain that he used to work for the Daily Planet. Marc McClure who plays Tim also played Jimmy Olsen in the first 4 'Superman' films and also Supergirl (1984). Jimmy Olsen was a photographer for the Daily Planet. See more »


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Perfect for fans of romance and humor
17 December 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Tim (Marc McClure) is a late twenty-something businessman whose mother still cleans his apartment. He likes basketball, watching television, and little else. Nancy (Jennifer Edwards), a shy video store clerk, takes classes at the university on topics such as Pre-Columbian Cubism. When Tim stumbles into a newspaper match-making business, he sets up a lovelorn ad to impress the newspaper's secretary. The ad runs, with humorous results. Urged by a friend to do something to jumpstart her lovelife, Nancy answers Tim's ad, also. Although polar opposites in almost every way, Nancy and Tim each pretend to be someone they're not. They meet. Initially, things go well. But, will love last when the couple's true selves are revealed?

This lesser-known film is, nonetheless, a romantic comedy fan's delight. McClure and Edwards are both quite adorable as the oddballs who learn to look at life with fresh perspectives. Although this is obviously a low-budget movie, the supporting cast does a fine job and the interiors of Tim and Nancy's apartments perfectly reflect their personalities. Movie enthusiasts will probably find it difficult to locate the film at the store or library; yet, fans of romance and humor should try to find it. An evening of pleasant diversion awaits those who succeed in tracking a copy down.

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