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Perfect Body
Perfect Body
Actors: Amy Jo Johnson, Brett Cullen, Wendie Malick, Ray Baker, Tara Boger
Director: Douglas Barr
Genres: Drama, Television, Sports
UR     2004     1hr 40min

Obsessed with perfection, young gymnast Andie (Felicity's Amy Jo Johnson) nearly starves herself to realize her dream of making the Olympic gymnastics team. Told "the lighter the better" by her coach, Andie finds her perfe...  more »

     
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Actors: Amy Jo Johnson, Brett Cullen, Wendie Malick, Ray Baker, Tara Boger
Director: Douglas Barr
Creators: Karl Herrmann, Mark Conte, Harry Winer, Jon Cowan, Judith A. Polone, Judy Cairo, Melissa Gould
Genres: Drama, Television, Sports
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television, Olympics
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/10/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A powerful film
Frodo | Bag End, The Shire | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film was shown as mid-day movie on a weekday when I was sick from work. Usually the movies shown in that particular timeslot are incredibly shocking and simply make you want to fall asleep.

Convinced this was just another one of those movies I held very low expectations for this film. However, what started out as a boring afternoon in bed, turned into a compelling two hours that gripped me and drew me in. "Perfect Body" was no ordinary fill-in movie, but a beautifully crafted tale which scarily enough is very truthful to the ways of many teenagers in real life.

Andy is thrilled when she is given the chance to build from her talents as a gymnist and is set on the road towards the olympics. but her first training session starts off with every girl's nightmare: she is weighed infront of the whole class and critisised for being "overweight". the pressure of wanting to be the best overwhelmes Andy and she begins starving herself and exercising compulsively - convinced that this is the only way to achieve success. As her eating disorder worsens, it consumes Andy, and has an impact on her relationships with her boyfriend, friends and parents. Andy must stop punishing her body before it's too late to turn back the clock.

Amy Jo Johnson is simply captivating as Andy. She captures the wrath of her athletic alter-ego stunningly and puts on a totally believable performance. Throughout the film you can noticably see her character transform from a healthy, happy teenager to a physically sick teenager. Her skin becomes pale and dry and even her hair begins to fall out.

There are several gymnastic sequences as well which add as a bonus. The routines are beautifully filmed.

And obviously it is aimed to send a very important message to everyone: it doesn't matter how you look outside, so you shouldn't change youreself to fit in with the crowd.

At the end of the day, this is no ordinary drama about teenaged angst, but a reality check. This behaviour in teenaged girls is really happening. "Perfect Body" takes us through the long and painful journey of a girl who goes too far.

Excellent!"
Perfect movie
Maria Nelly Hernandez | USA, Cali | 07/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this movie I saw years ago when it first aired on nbc, i think. this is a really good movie that lets you know how dangerous eating disorders are and the pressure society puts on young girls to be perfect. this movie really touched my heart, I felt amy's pain, it made me feel like it was happening to me. it's a really good movie to watch as a family. it shows all the signs that people with eating disorders have. it makes you more aware of them."
Great Movie
M. Hunter | Zion, Illinois United States | 06/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was excellent, the acting was impressive for a lifetime movie, it was good to see Amy Jo Johnson back in film."
Perfect Body delivers a perfect 10
E.M. Anderson | Dallas, Texas | 05/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Welcome to Andie's world. A world of school, training and eating disorders. Andie Bradley is a high achiever who accels at anything she does. When she gets the chance to train with an Olympic coach and has the opportunity to go to the Olympics, she jumps at it. Only after her and her mother relocate to Seattle does the pressure begin. In the most humiliating moment of her life she's put on scale in front of the entire gym and told to lose weight. So she does. Only she couldn't stop once she started. Thus, begins her spiraling downwards into the devestating world of anoroxia and bulmia. This is very well made movie and highlights the stress and strain that female athelites feel and the pressure to be thin and perfect. This is not your average movie. The stress Andie feels is acurately portrayed and the pain of her parents is raw and real. This movie achieves its goal to tell a story in a thoughtful and compelling way."