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How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days (1983)

A kid strives to be perfect, and in the end realizes that individuality is more fun.


Bruce Harmon, Stephen Manes (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Shawn ... Professor Silverfish
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Milo Crimpley
Hermione Gingold ... Miss Sandwich
Sarah Boyd ... Jenny Hillard
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Mrs. Crimpley
Lenny von Dohlen ... Erik Crimpley
Ned Boyd Ned Boyd ... Frankie Crimpley
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Norbert Sandhill
John Rothman ... Contest Judge
Joey Ginza Joey Ginza ... Mr. Yamata
Jodi Long ... Mrs. Yamata
Merwin Goldsmith Merwin Goldsmith ... Principal
Seth Greenspan Seth Greenspan ... Mark
Tenney Walsh Tenney Walsh ... Andrea
Cassandra Murray Cassandra Murray ... Agnes


A kid strives to be perfect, and in the end realizes that individuality is more fun.

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Perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be.



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Filming Locations:

Larchmont, New York, USA See more »

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Highgate Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

A 30-minute edit was distributed to schools and libraries on 16mm film. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Not perfect, but almost...
11 May 1999 | by skorzenySee all my reviews

Great performance by Wallace Shawn and some good dialogue make this a good show. Originally aired as part of PBS's "Wonderworks" program, and based on a short novel by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. Milo is the perfect junior-high nerd without becoming a caricature, and Wallace Shawn plays his character as the pure caricature that the role calls for. And the message of the movie? Why try to be perfect? Just be yourself. If your kid doesn't quite fit in (but not in the violent shoot-up-his-school way), show them this video and they will feel a lot better about themselves. Highly recommended.

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