W: James Bridges & Aaron Latham [based on an article by
DP: Gordon Willis
Ed: Jeff Gourson
Mus: Ralph Burns & Narada Michael Walden
John Travolta (Adam Lawrence), Jamie Lee Curtis (Jessie
Wilson), Anne de Salvo (Frankie), Marilu Henner (Sally), Laraine Newman (Linda)
The massive popularity of Jane Fonda's workout videos in the
early 1980's almost made it inevitable that a Hollywood movie would tackle the subject of aerobics. Unfortunately, the result is a bit of a mess which doesn't know if it's a drama, comedy,
romance or even a thriller.
John Travolta plays a journalist for Rolling Stone who does a
side story on health clubs being the new singles bars, with promiscuous types joining to get more than a thorough workout. During his insight into a popular gym in Los Angeles, he meets and falls
in love with a feisty aerobics instructor played by Jamie Lee Curtis, who has her own reasons for not wanting to be part of the article.
Far from perfect, James Bridges' film isn't quite as poor as
its reputation would suggest, but it certainly isn't a good film. Jamie Lee Curtis' performance gives the film some credibility, but everyone else is quite embarrassing, especially John Travolta
in the scene where he performs aerobics in his y-pants.
The film failed to find an audience, becoming one of the
biggest flops of 1985 and Travolta took a four year break from acting as a result.