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A Perfect Man (2013)

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A womanizing husband inadvertently falls back in love with his wife over the phone when she pretends to be another woman.

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Kees Van Oostrum

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Nina
Liev Schreiber ... James
Joelle Carter ... Lynn
Louise Fletcher ... Abbie
Renée Soutendijk ... Martha
Huub Stapel ... Pieter
Katie Carr ... Laura
Kevin Rooney Kevin Rooney ... Wendell
Joop Doderer Joop Doderer ... Hendrik
Marielle Van Sauers Marielle Van Sauers ... Helga
Marc Van Eeghem Marc Van Eeghem ... Joop
Victor Löw ... Joost
Michael Pas Michael Pas ... Winston
Baruch Schwarts Baruch Schwarts ... Bartender
Yannick van de Velde ... Tristan
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Storyline

A womanizing husband inadvertently falls back in love with his wife over the phone when she pretends to be another woman.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2013 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial 9 for Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$388, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$7,117

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,147
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Double Eagle See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 2000 under the title "Dial 9 for Love" (later changed to "Men Are Dogs") with a planned 2001 release. The production company pulled out just after filming was completed, leading to the film being shelved as there was no money left to finish it. Several years later, director Kees Van Oostrum showed a rough cut to several hundred students at the filmmaking workshop he was teaching at Drexel University, and, buoyed by their positive reactions, decided to find a way to finish the film. Gary W. Wilkes stepped in as executive producer after Van Oostrum showed him the rough cut, and arranged for the necessary funding to shoot additional background scenes, create visual effects, record a score, finish editing and perform a digital intermediate. The film was finally completed in late 2012 and released in 2013 as "A Perfect Man". See more »

Quotes

Nina: I say timing is everything.
James: I thought it was location.
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Nina's Announcement
by Jeff Cardoni
(p) 2014 Double Eagle Records
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Amsterdam Or Bust!
27 September 2019 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

First up, I have to say that I was never aware or could never tell, that this film was made over 13 years. The majority of the film was produced in 2000, then shelved, then finalised some 12/13 years later after reshoots and further editing. None of the cast seems to have aged over that time. I don't really know how the uniformity was achieved.

A Perfect Man is not a great story, but it is interesting. I really liked seeing Jeanne Tripplehorn in a lead role again and feel sorry for her, that the film, when finally released, flopped big time. She deserves better. Her Nina is a dignified woman, though I do find it hard to believe she would have stayed with her husband of 9 years, after 4 previously revealed affairs on his part.

Liev Schreiber does just about the impossible and makes a serial heel of a guy, actually somewhat sympathetic. The Dutch locations are very watchable and largely Dutch support characters of some interest. (Let's not even bring up the stereotypical, big talking. Aussie client.) I did find it a little strange the underlining of Nina's bestie being a supposed trans male, though I guess it did fit in with the running theme of role playing games, operating through the storyline.

The ambivalent conclusion with the possibility floated of a reconciliation in an old location is well-handled and realistic. And the casting of "Lawrence" the dog was a winner as far as I was concerned. Good to see him get fairly extensive screen time. With canine charm and appeal, he easily stole every scene he was in. The curious discerning viewer may well find A Perfect Man to be of some interest.


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