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Perfect (1985)




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Based on a series of Rolling Stone articles by Aaron Latham, this romance was set in the world of L.A.'s hip fitness scene. Rolling Stone reporter Adam Lawrence (John Travolta) comes to L.A. to write a story about a prominent businessman who's been arrested for drug dealing (shades of the John DeLorean scandal). He's also decided to research a piece on the exercise fad and how health clubs have become the "singles bars of the '80s." His boss (real-life Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner as himself) OK's the project. At a club called The Sports Connection, an incognito Adam meets the regulars, including promiscuous Linda (Laraine Newman), airhead Sally (Marilu Henner) and aerobics instructor Jessie (Jamie Lee Curtis), a former Olympic swimmer. Adam and Jessie begin a romance, but it ends when she discovers that he's there to trash her and the club in print. Conflicted, Adam wrestles with publishing the story, but the final decision isn't his. A director of sincere, sober dramas, James Bridges was an odd choice to helm the romantic Perfect (1985), widely considered one of the decade's notorious cinematic misfires. Bridges had enjoyed much greater success with his previous collaboration with Travolta, Urban Cowboy (1980).
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Anne De Salvo
as Frankie
John Napierala
as City News Editor
Jann Wenner
as Mark Roth
Philippe Delgrange
as Maitre d' in New York
Tom Schiller
as Carly Simon's Friend
Paul Kent
as Judge
Murphy Dunne
as Peckerman
Kenneth Welsh
as Joe McKenzie
Michael Laskin
as Government Prosecutor
Robert Stark
as Government Prosecutor
Laurie Burton
as Mrs. McKenzie
Robert Parr
as Robert
Dan Lewk
as Steve
Mathew Reed
as Roger
Andrea Adams
as Sports Connection Member
Kurek Ashley
as Sports Connection Member
Paul Barresi
as Sports Connection Member
Leslie Borkin
as Sports Connection Member
Candy Ann Brown
as Sports Connection Member
Brent Carlton
as Sports Connection Member
Eileen Finney
as Sports Connection Member
Christian Letelier
as Sports Connection Member
Donna Perkins
as Sports Connection Member
Jill Schachne
as Sports Connection Member
John Wesley
as Eddie
Mario Marin
as Waiter
Stacy Bayne
as Billy
Tracy Bayne
as Bobby
David Paymer
as Managing Editor
Julie Fulton
as Martha
Ken Sylk
as Tod
Jim Vanko
as FBI Agent
Laura Misch Owens
as Receptionist
Beth Herzhaft
as Researcher
Anson Downes
as Subeditor
Renee Tetro
as Staff Member
Joan Edwards
as Melody's Friend
Sam Travolta
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Clarke Wilson
as Chippendale's MC
Kim Connell
as Sally's Friend
Kim Isaacson
as Linda's Friend
Wendy Shawn
as Party-Goer
Dan Peterson
as Roger's Friend
Douglas Campbell
as Party Pro
Gregory Hormel
as Party Guest
Daniel Dayan
as Maitre d'
Annick Romain
as French Operator
Steve Solberg
as Assistant Art Director
Susan Burritt
as Art Department Girl
John Michael Kelly
as Guy at Desk
Bruce Savin
as Front Desk
Steven Solberg
as Assistant Art Director
Jean Lubin
as Stewardess
Kai Maxwell
as Herself
Kevin Boyle
as Himself
Frank Cavestani
as TV Reporter
Brian Maguire
as TV Reporter
Elaine Perkins
as TV Reporter
Marlene Cramer
as Court Reporter
Bob Henry
as Jury Foreman
Ramey Ellis
as City News Receptionist
Alma Beltran
as Grieving Woman
Perla Walter
as Grieving Woman
Gina Morelli
as Grieving Woman
Carly Simon
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Perfect

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

John Travolta continues his wearisome trek through America's fleeting enthusiasms, though this time he arrives a day late (wasn't aerobics over a couple of years before this?) and a few dollars short.

Full Review… | July 26, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Pic is guilty of the sins it condemns - superficiality, manipulation and smugness.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Muddled saga of journalistic ethics.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Perfect is too superficially knowing to be a camp classic, but it's an unintentionally hilarious mixture of muddled moralizing and all-too-contemporary self-promotion.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is devoid of laughs, thanks to James Bridges' characteristically humorless direction.

Full Review… | July 26, 2009
TV Guide

Good chemistry - that's about it

November 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Perfect

I am guessing that cinematographer Gordon Willis had to shoot this and another turkey, "The Money Pit," to atone for his comparing himself to Rembrandt! As you can imagine, it's a superficial story about health clubs being single's bars. But, in the hands of serious director James Bridges, it's trying to be a movie about journalistic ethics. Of course, it doesn't work, and is considered to be one of the 80's greatest flops. The cheesy 80's music and costumes eternally date the movie and make it only a superficial document of the decade.

John Miller
John Miller

A movie known more for its leg-warmers than anything else. There is no story and is nothing more than a reason to show Curtis and Henner in spandex.

Mike L
Mike L

When a Rolling Stones journalist decides to write an article on health clubs in the 80's, he meets some resistance in a female aerobics instructor. A star packed film with a great soundtrack makes this 80's cult movie a must see...though the story leaves something to be desired. Watch at your own risk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leo Blaschke
Leo Blaschke

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