A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isnt love at first sight.
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First of all, I would like to ask those of you who voted for this picture,why you voted so poorly. This is not a bad movie.I saw this movie recently and found myself liking into the first 30 minutes.Energetic music and exhausting aerobic dance scenes were quiteenjoyable.Although it is a typically daggy 80's film, it stills captures your interestfrom beginning to end. While most of the actors are basically average(not-famous otherwise), there were standout performances by both Lee Curtisand Travolta.To add to the credibility of this film, the storyline is very engaging anddoes not lose its flow. Energetic, fun, absorbing.It has been under-estimated by many viewers, but at least there is oneperson out here that enjoyed it.**** out of *****
I was rather excited when I found this 80's trash classic on DVD.. Unfortunately it's in the horrid & worthless pan & scan format.... You know, had this been a 1.85:1 film & it was "full Screen", I could have worked with that and adjusted my HDTV to make it 1.85:1, but this is not the case with this film & most of the DVD's that Sony now releases in the 1.33 ratio... I don't think this film ever had a widescreen version on DVD, which is disappointing.The fact that any company this late in the home entertainment game would release a 2.35:1 film in a lousy 1:33 ratio is not only insulting and reckless, it shows incompetent individuals are making key decisions at the studios and they deserve to lose money..Sony, I've found, is the worst culprit & it's hypocritical, considering THEY were one of the DVD founders to tout that DVD allows films to be showcased in their original aspect ratio.. Unless, releasing sub standard P&S bare bones dvds are their way of forcing consumers to migrate to blu ray.. Either way, it's horrible business.. and I refuse to accept Blu Ray; it's a product fueled by corporate greed, it's unnecessary, unless you wish you pay more per disc title and triple the copy protection than DVD.. and all this junk about storage capacity means nothing when most companies release Blu Rays with the same or less special features than their DVD counterparts..Moreover, before Sony pimped and pushed Blu Ray, they were mastering ALL of their DVD's in High Def & would state it on the DVD packaging... When Blu Ray was introduced some 5 years ago, they quietly stopped that.. So, the format is unnecessary, over priced, not as great as it's been overstated, and frankly, it's sad it's still around considering it's never risen above a 30% market share compared to DVD, which still holds close to 80%, while at last check of Home Media Retailing's reports, currently, Blu Ray is around just 20% of the market share. One of the only reasons Blu Ray can claim their hardware #'s is because of Sony forcing the drives into laptops and PS3's & claiming EVERYONE wants and has a Blu Ray Player...Very Sad..And all the propaganda hasn't done anything to help this dog of a format - it's still a joke after all these years.SO, enough of the games Sony, stop releasing P&S versions of your 2.35:1 & higher films, it does nothing but make you look like the incompetent fools that you are.. This is yet another DVD from Sony which is worthless, and anyone who cares about movies and this film should avoid this version
This review is from: Perfect (DVD) Was recommended by a friend. I had very low expectations and was surprised the movie actually had a plot. Shazam
"The Hitcher" (young C. Thomas Howell) and "Risky Business" came out,Wes Craven was doing his "Nightmare on Elm Street" series...so what didwe young people have for drama? This.If you need a laugh now, you may want to tune in. While Jamie LeeCurtis tries to elevate this, it is simply not elevate-able.Laraine Newman and Marilu Henner are gym groupies with no self-esteem,(Marilu gets the Chippendale man though, so it's all good). JohnTravolta as a semi-literate writer at "Rolling Stone". (We know he isgood, because in the end he goes to jail for protecting a source).There are some scenes with Jann Wenner and Lauren Hutton, apparentlythe then in-crowd, at a party.The really sad part about this is that there really were people likethis; the gym was a sense of self-esteem;(along with anorexia).Aerobics class became the next singles hang-out as the song"Masquerade" blares out, while everyone obsesses over plastic surgeryand the perfect body (The Laraine Newman character is particularlypathetic). We see the superficiality. Has anything changed? Indeed, they couldremake this with Jessica Simpson as the lead. Someone get on the phoneto CAA!.
My Goodness, what a bomb! We didn't drop anything this big on Iraq!Perfect is the story of a Rolling Stone reporter (Travolta) who tripsover his ethics, or lack there of while writing two big stories. Hisfirst story deals with a computer tycoon in hot water with the U.S.government for selling his products to an Eastern-Bloc country. Thisangle is played way up considering the lack of details we are toldabout the situation. No matter, the story you will remember deals witha swanky health club in L.A.. Travolta wishes to write a piece abouthow health clubs in the 1980s are replacing the singles bars of the1970s as the #1 place for people to meet. Take that premise and see howlong you can stretch it. Director Bridges apparently thought he coulddrag it out for nearly two hours and still keep our attention.This film suffers from a severe lack of focus. There are too manylocation changes to count. There is also too much running around andtoo much time wasted on insignificant little things. For example, whatwas up with Travolta's sudden trip to Morocco near the end of the film.It had no purpose what so ever! Another problem this film has is itstendency to drag out every scene to last as long as whatever cheesy 80sdance song is playing in the background. That gets old pretty darnquick.This film is also hopelessly dated in terms of fashion. If any guy cameinto my health club wearing tights or a fish-net tank top, he'dprobably get beaten up. Bridges & CO also try to recycle a gag thatworked in Urban Cowboy. In that film, there was a scene featuringnumerous women dressed up for a Dolly Parton look-alike contest. Inthis film, we get about a hundred people dressed up as Boy George in ascene at a hotel. In Urban Cowboy it worked since there was alegitimate reason for all the people to dress that way. They were atleast trying to win a contest. The scene in Perfect is useless and itonly serves to date the film even further. This film was by no means Travolta's worst. Has anyone seen The Expertsor Shout? This film did, however, have his most embarrassing scene. Init, he's sweating away in Jamie Lee Curtis's aerobics class and doing anever-ending series of pelvic thrusts to the dance beat. His crotch hasobviously been stuffed with a sock, or perhaps the thing Hammer used inhis Pumps in a Bump video. Truly hilarious!Travolta is a talented actor, but he has nothing to work with here.Jamie Lee Curtis is also a great talent, but she is wasted as well. Shelooks absolutely gorgeous, but her character is so moody and abrasivethat we can hardly stand her. The supporting cast of mostly unknownsfills out their respective stereotypical roles as well as they can.In all, this is a poor film on all levels. It tries to be an insightfullook at journalistic ethics and falls flat on its face. It comes off asbeing little more than a two hour plug for Rolling Stone Magazine. TooBad.3 of 10 starsSo sayeth the Hound.
Being that I was in my early 20s I remember very well the 80s, whichwas I need to be perfect decade. Smarts took a back-seat to buff & tan.Everyone was pumping iron, getting tan, blow-drying their hair,checking their look in the mirror, and flaunting their bods. Gosh!Darn! It sounds exactly like South Beach today!! Nothing has changed!What is a shock is how badly John Travola and Jaime Lee Curtis haveaged. They were both so "perfect" in 1985. There's no excuse for a"sex-Symbol" like Johnny T. to have gotten so bloated and out-of-shape.Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Travolta. However his bestwork(aside from Pulp Fiction) was made in the late 70s and early80s-Carrie, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy, and even forits time, Perfect. And Jaime Lee was so beautiful, so well-built, and so sexy. Oh well,thank goodness for videos.Funny how today's generation thinks the out-fits in this film were sostrange. I look at the out-fits today and I think they are really"stranger" than anything we wore in the 80s.
The story is well told, but that's it. James Woods is more interested inshowing ten minute exercising montages then the actual plot of the film(hespends about 3 minutes on the climax, tops). The movie collapses underit'sown weight. Why do so many people hate it? Look at the closing creditsandfind out! Grade: D
This review is from: Perfect (Amazon Instant Video) This may be one of the worst movies ever made :) But honestly, just to watch it for Jamie's performance. She made a bad movie palatable. If you love the 80's, you're going to like this movie. It's not terribly bad, but it has its moments. Yet it's not terribly good either. If you like the stars, it will be fun and interesting to watch. We've come a long way in film making.
I first saw this movie some years ago on TV having missed it at the cinema,and found it very entertaining. The story and 'visuals', though notfantastic, was I think good enough to hold the shortest of attention spans.Mine included. The film is set in a health club in Los Angeles, with JohnTravolta starring as an ace investigative reporter for real-life magRollingStone. It also features a brilliant funked-up disco soundtrack, featuringlong forgotten artists like Jermaine Jackson, Jermaine Stewart, and CarolLynn Towns, and follows Travolta's charchter as he writes a piece about thehealth club scene, and courts one of the fitness instructors there, playedby Jaimie Lee Curtis. Unbeknownst to her, he's using her and some of herpatrons, in order to write a sleazy story for his voracious boss played bythe real Rolling Stone editor. It's not hard to guess what happens next,asTravolta and Curtis fall for each other, Curtis finds a copy of his articleon his computer which causes conflict between them, and we get to see somefine acting from Jaimie Lee during those scenes. Travolta decides to killthe story, but his angered boss enlists the help of photographer played byAnne DeSalvo, in order to rewrite it without Travolta's knowledge.But the best parts of the film, has to be scenes set during Curtis' classes(the visuals I mentioned earlier). Along with the pumping discosoundtrack,these scenes are excillerating to watch - and not just for the sexy hardbodies. When this film appeared again on TV recently, I just had to recordit, and watch it all over again. Not because I'm perverted you understand,but because it's so...kitsch, and seems to be indicative of the sillyhedonistic LA scene of the early 1980s. It has some truly funny momentsalso. Watch for the scene where Travolta searches for Jaimie Lee in a hotelholding a convention, which features Boy George look-alikes. It'shilarious!!
This was probably the worst movie I have ever seen with Travolta. I thought he was a good actor. He was a lot better in "Grease". I don't know what happened in this movie, but it was dreadful! The dialogues were so simple and meaningless. It's a movie I would write! I hate movies that seem like movies I would write! The acting, the direction, the dialogues, and not to mention the story line, was all terribly. If you want to watch this movie make sure you're not putting off anything important. Please!
I too have seen this movie, many times. I agree it is not Travolta orCurtis' best work but it was not meant to be Academy Award caliber. Itis what it is, a fluff movie that fit the time it was made. I was anaerobics instructor at the time and enjoyed the movie. It is still funnow to look back at the hair and clothes and hear the music. Whatgeneration can look back and not say to themselves "what was I thinkingwearing that?!" Curtis has never looked better-well maybe in the moviewith Arnold when she did her little dance and who does not mind lookingat Travolta for 90 minutes or so?Travolta, for all intensive purposes, plays the same character in eachmovie so why are we ever surprised. Curtis was trying to shed her 'flatchested, school girl in jeopardy' image and did a good job of it.
Many of the IMDb users considered this movie to be of no use spendingtime on - though i was thoroughly reluctant to watch it - i was glad idid - CAUSE I FOUND NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!! Well it was the 80's thetime when compared to today, movies were not that great. Well with thatin mind - i believe this movie is quite an accomplishment - i rememberreading from one of the users of IMDb that this was a bomb, whichalmost ruined Travolta's career - but i really don't see why - well itis not brilliant - but it is FAR better than all the other razziewinning movies. Performances were not that great - Jamie Lee Curtis isvery pretty - and as for John Travolta, he has a brush of Tony Maneiroand Danny Zuko in this character. Well though people may REALLY notwant to watch it cause it has been considered as an underdog movie ofthe eightees era - those people can watch it just for the aerobicworkouts - they really sizzle.
This review is from: Perfect [VHS] (VHS Tape) First off, If you did not live through the 80's you can't truly understand the concept behind this film. The 80's was all about fitness and aerobics! Gyms were opening up everywhere and the health craze was taking over. It was the beginning of making your workout a social event !! I was only 14 when I saw this movie (FOLLOWING FRIGHT NIGHT AT A DRIVE INN) and for some reason it struck a happy cord, even though at the time I may have not truly understood the meaning behind it all. Maybe the infectious 80's music did it? Maybe being only 14 and seeing all those HOT bodies shaking to the rhythm ? I had my Dad get me the soundtrack after. It's not like it's a horrible plot, there are worse 80's movies out there. This is John Travolta playing a reporter out to get a story on the GYM CRAZE and the relationships that develop behind it. What's so tacky about that? His acting is good. Jamie Lee Curtis looks awesome and her acting is great too! These two are GREAT together !!All I know is that this movie has stayed with me as one of my favorite 80's feel good movies. When I think of PERFECT it brings up nothing but positive feelings. Ohh the 80's !!!
After asking this movie I feel compelled to ask "what were you thinking?" to a number of people: John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Director/Screenwriter James Bridges, and his collaborator, Aaron Latham. All of them (with the exception of Curtis) were involved in "Urban Cowboy", but apparently they went to the well one too many times with this picture.This movie is awful on so many levels. The script is bloated and pretentious, the directing is laconic, and the plot is predictable. Travolta and Curtis were annoyingly cute and cliche, and Marilu Henner is without a doubt the worst actress in Hollywood with the possible exception of Rosanna Arquette.This stinkburger of a movie put the brakes on a few careers or at least caused a downward spiral. Travolta went on to make even worse films (like "The Experts" and "Look Who's Talking") and practically couldn't get arrested until redeeming himself in "Pulp Fiction". Bridges didn't direct another film until the good but somewhat uneven "Bright Lights, Big City" (sadly, his last film). Curtis survived, but barely.Bad directing, bad casting, and a bad script do not make "Perfect" even mediocre. Walk away from this train wreck if you can.
I rather liked this wafer-thin flick although it's not the best JohnTravolta movie. But it is worth a look, man! Travolta is as sexy as usual,especially in the academy scene. Jamie Lee Curtis is good as well. Lots ofgorgeous hunks, but John is still the hottest.
Trashing "Perfect" is an act of unnecessary cruelty. A film where everycharacter attaches serious importance to Rolling Stone articles calls for adepth of insight and cinematic brilliance even Welles would have troublesummoning. One wonders what projects Godfather cinematographer GordonWillis gave up to lend his expertise to this embarrassment. Perhaps thisfilm has value in warning future generations against the emptiness of TrendyLiving.If any costume screen tests, outtakes, and deleted scenes featuring JamieLee Curtis exist, they could salvage the film for DVD. At 26, theenchanting Ms. Curtis delivered a powerful performance. Her dazzling beautyand inner power are the only facets of this creepy time-capsule that hold uptoday.
This review is from: Perfect (DVD) Jamie Lee, John Travolta, Larraine Neuman, and Mary Lou Henner make this a terrific movie with a message. Plus, such nice fit bodies to watch!
Really, "Perfect" is not the tactical warhead everyone seems to beimplying. This is not on the same level as 80s catastrophes like"Megaforce", "Grease 2", "Howard the Duck", or (heaven help us)"Staying Alive". "Perfect" is nothing more than tragic misfire fromextremely talented director James Bridges ("The Paper Chase", "UrbanCowboy") that makes the dire mistake of treating the aerobics, healthclub fad of the mid-80s as a serious cultural phenomenon (ugh).It also helped to derail John Travolta's career for the better part ofa decade - sad, because all one has to do is take a look at hisoutstanding performances in "Blow Out" and "Urban Cowboy" and realizethat his acting in "Perfect" was just fine (if a bit low key). It's ashame, he could have made a lot of great movies while he was stuck indreck like "The Experts" and strange late 80s Altman theatre pieceslike Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter" (with Tom Conti!).Travolta plays a Rolling Stone journalist hot on the trail of a bigstory about how health clubs are the new pick-up joints, replacingsingles bars. He meets "The Pied Piper of aerobics teachers" Jamie LeeCurtis, a former Olymic swimmer who was once burned by a journalistover a piece about how she was having an affair with her coach. Ofcourse, she and Travolta hook up and Travolta meets some other folkswho frequent the gym, who are like supporting characters in a DavidLynch movie (I'm unsure if the director intended to portray them asweird as they come off).Real-life Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner shows up to essentially playhimself (not very well) and, in the film's most laughable detail,Travolta writes a version of his story portraying health clubs asEmersonian watering holes of the future (or something like that).It's all kind of bloated and weird, but really not that bad. Travolta'sactually pretty good. Jamie Lee Curtis looks great but comes off asslightly grouchy, but she was probably directed that way.Don't miss Travolta's notorious pelvic thrust sequence (you can't missit).
A movie that revolves around 2 hours of exercise and 15 minutes of a "story"? Riight.. I didn't think there could be a stranger movie, but I guess there is. Very, very poor.
I picked up the soundtrack on cassette tape after seeing this movie's first release. It was awesome and I listened to it all-the-time. Now of course, I can't find it anywhere. Every time our family stops at one of those ole-time truck-stops to get a burger or coffee, I always check out the old cassette bins. Last time, I found Shawn Philips Second Contribution ... not bad, but still not Perfect.