"Perfect", Ultra-Cheesy John Travolta/Jamie Lee /JAN WENNER Vehicle Or Quasi-Genius Piss Take On Mid-80's Corporate Journalism?

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Reviled in its time, chiefly responsible for Travolta's rather ignominious fall from grace, this James Bridges film follows an ambitious Rolling Stone reporter who wants to write a story about health clubs becoming the singles bars of the 80s. And he wants to use them to discuss "Emersonian America". And no, I'm not kidding.

It should be horrible, and I distinctly remember it as horrible, yet it's...not. At all, really. In some respects, despite a few overly broad strokes near the conclusion, it's even quite incisive. For one, there's Travolta: belying the film's reputation, his performance here is as iconic, winning and nuanced as ever, in many respects his best.

For another, the film wrestles with the question well suited to ILM: whether journalistic ambition and integrity are inherently and fatally comporomised by the pop culture and/or commercial spheres (and interestingly, the film doesn't really answer that question). Moreover, the film portrays Rolling Stone quite accurately and unabashedly as the soulless corporate rag it was by 1985 -- why on God's earth Wenner ever consented to this--much less co-starred in it--is beyond me. If he was in on the joke, it must have been his last. And perhaps his only.

And if all that wasn't bizarre enough, there's a crazy irony with respect to the Rove/Plame/Novak scandal at the end. That's right: Perfect, starring John Travolta. Have at it.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Alright, I'll rent it.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Alright, I'll rent it.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Alright, I'll rent it.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Alright, I'll rent it.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Alright, they'll rent it.

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 29 July 2005 03:33 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Alright!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 August 2008 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

Also, Jamie Lee and her current vehicle.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 August 2008 16:59 (eleven years ago) link

And if you haven't seen this...you should:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4z6ezLMx2U

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

I'll have to rent it again. All I remember is the end-credit sequence with cast members, including Jann Wenner, performing aerobic exercises.

Terrible Cold, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

It should be horrible, and I distinctly remember it as horrible, yet it's...not. At all, really.

yes, yes it is

omar little, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:24 (eleven years ago) link

Jamie Lee Curtis, I am still in love with you, I want you to know. When people haul out that hermaphrodite urban legend crap, I defend your honor every damn time. Just so you know, JL. Twenty-odd years I'm in your corner here. So feel free to throw your boy some scraps or something. Just sayin'.

J0hn D., Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

Totally unrelated: I love "Twist of Fate," Olivia Newton-John's Top Five hit from HER John Travolta big budget bomb, Two of a Kind. I loved it when older stars tried to get all New Wave.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:41 (eleven years ago) link

I saw Two of a Kind again a few months ago. It's absolutely atrocious.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

Hahah, I was just thinking of "Twist of Fate" as well.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 August 2008 17:46 (eleven years ago) link

Hahah, I was just thinking of "Twist of Fate" as well.

I thought "Heart Attack" (the new wavey single that preceeded "Twist of Fate") was the real gem from that period.

zaxxon25, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:03 (eleven years ago) link

Anyone own that Gold comp released a couple of years ago? I wonder if it's too much ONJ for one man to own.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

I do remember that the issue of RS that featuring Perfect on the cover also included a big feature on the hardcore scene, mostly the SST bands that I was very familiar with, but also Flipper. Who I wasn't familiar with. That Rolling Stone was touting an underground band that I didn't know about already made me run out and buy Generic.

bendy, Thursday, 7 August 2008 22:21 (eleven years ago) link

eleven years pass...

may we all be so lucky

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 December 2019 15:29 (one week ago) link

what a great interview - jamie lee is a national treasure tbh

A victim managed to capture evidence of the gimp (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 2 December 2019 15:33 (one week ago) link


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