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Perfume (2001)

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As a number of luminaries on the international fashion scene converge for a major show, their personal and professional crises come to a head in this comedy-drama. Lorenzo Mancini (Paul Sorvino) is an internationally famous designer who has learned he has only a short time to live. As Mancini tries to make his peace with both his ex-wife (Sonia Braga) and his long-time companion (Peter Gallagher), he also tries to mend fences with his son (and heir) Mario (Michael Sorvino) while persuading him to not merge the family business with the hip-hop fashion empire of J.B. (Omar Epps. Anthony (Jared Harris), a famous and influential fashion photographer, is having a career crisis as his marriage to Francene (Michelle Forbes) begins to collapse. Cutting-edge designer Roberta (Rita Wilson) is scrambling to complete her latest line as her underlings start leaving her one by one. Camille (Leslie Mann), Roberta's business partner, may be the next to hit the road, as she becomes involved with Jamie (Jeff Goldblum), who works for a firm run by arch-rival designer Phillip (Harris Yulin). And Janice (Joanne Baron), the editor of a leading fashion journal, is facing a deadline when she gets an unexpected visitor -- her daughter Halley (Michelle Williams), whom she hasn't seen in over a decade. Taking an unusual approach, director Michael Rymer and screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson wrote a detailed outline for Perfume and in-depth background sketches for all the characters, but allowed the cast to improvise all the dialogue used in the film. Perfume had its world premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
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R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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LionsGate Entertainment

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Cast

Paul Sorvino
as Lorenzo
Jared Harris
as Anthony
Rita Wilson
as Roberta
Harris Yulin
as Phillip
Joanne Baron
as Janice
Angela Bettis
as Wilemina
Chris Sarandon
as Gary Packer
Harry Hamlin
as Hancock
Omar Epps
as J.B.
Sonia Braga
as Irene
Michelle Forbes
as Francene
D.W. Brown
as Morton
Gaby Hoffmann
as Gabrielle
Leslie Mann
as Camille
Robert Joy
as Andrew
Kyle MacLachlan
as Business Manager
Troy Garity
as Simon
Kylie Bax
as Maitre D
Lee Tergesen
as Lawyer
Estella Warren
as Arianne
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** (out of four) Interesting idea, but turns out to be more of a bore than an coherent story. A huge cast gather together for a movie that doesn't have a script. Instead all the actors ad libbed the entire film. The plot centers around the fashion industry in New York. Unfortunately, the actors can't make it interesting enough.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

You look at this all star cast - Rita Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Gallagher, Paul Sorvino, Michelle Williams, Leslie Mann, Omar Epps, Mariel Hemingway, Mariska Hargitay, Estella Warren, and others - You immediately think stellar, right? Don't, you would be sadly mistaken. Sometimes bright stars don't equal blockbusters but bright shining pieces of film crap. Perfume would be one of those. Sad and horribly frustrating about this film, was it could have been great. Most of it I have found out was unscripted, which could have been brilliant. Unfortunately, the sound mixing was dreadful. The music was too loud and drowned out most of the dialogue half the time. The other half of the time, six people were talking at once and you couldn't understand what one of them was saying, let alone all six. This movie split off in too many directions. I am all for multiple characters and story lines. But, You have to develop the characters and make them rich, and the stories actually have to be going some where. In this film, you have 20 undeveloped characters, wandering about aimlessly. The ending is nothing short of a cop out if you ask me. It's like they were all scratching their heads saying " Well boys we have pissed away an hour and 44 minutes of these people's lives on this useless, aimless crap. We have no time to really give any of these stories an ending, so lets just call it quits." Absolutely the worst ending to a movie that I have ever seen. Seriously. A note to Hunter Carson and Michael Rymer - The next time you get high and think about directing a movie, just say no. Perfume was an absolute waste of time. It gets one star because of the all star cast, and once in awhile you could see some of them trying to polish this turd.

Jami  Lyn
Jami Lyn

Anyone who wants to see Mariska Hargitay being more gay than her character on SVU should see this. That's the only reason I got it. And still the only reason to see it.... this movie sucked. terrible acting, awful writing.... just atrocious

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