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Issue: 2003

Perfect (1985) movie review

In the Looking Glass


What's so wrong about wanting to be perfect?

Adam Lawrence (John Travolta) is a journalist with the Rolling Stone working on two features, one, Health Clubs, Looking for Mr Goodbody.

(Obituaries) This is your last chance in journalism to write anything nice about anybody.

- Perfect.

It's the 1980s and its all aerobicised bodies in lycra and leg warmers and the pre-plastic surgery era where the perfect body was HARD WORK. Jessie Wilson (Jamie Lee Curtis), the aerobics pied piper just wants to be perfect, and being an ex-swimmer, she is looking for perfection in the gym.

Movie poster, Perfect; Festivale film review; 220x338

Movie poster, Perfect

This is Travolta and Curtis in the mid-to-late-thirties. They are part of the baby boom reaching their thirties and starting to see wrinkles and face up to larger clothing sizes. They were looking for love in the places where they spent their time -- not the bars (remember Looking for Mr Goodbar). This is the beginning of the big money booms following the fads of the "me" generation.

When you sit down to write ... Forget she has a mother.

Perfect has a love interest, and a built-in conflict -- the good reporter unafraid of hurting the subject, and the woman in the middle of the story, determined not to become his subject.

Perfect is also about conscience in journalism -- about chasing the important stories for the greater good, and chasing the tasty stories for covers and unabashed sales, about being unafraid and when that translates into being without compassion. It's about who do you protect and who do you sacrifice all to the 80s beat.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1985
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Title: Perfect (1985)
Written by: Aaron Latham (articles, scr); James Bridges (scr)
Directed by: James Bridges
Running time: 115 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Travolta, Marilu Henner,

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