A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
We are what we are. It's hard to stop caring about the opinions of others, but it's worth trying.
Positive Role Models
A man who has faced obstacles in life because of his small stature realizes he must truly accept himself before he can expect others to do the same.
Self acceptance and acceptance of others, no matter their differences, is the theme. A fairly statuesque Brazilian woman falls for a smart, charming, accomplished man whose only discernible flaw is that he's quite a bit shorter than she. Derisive terms used to describe him include "mini-man," "dwarf," "Papa Smurf," "lilliputian," "gnome," "ankle-biter," "freak," "hobbit," and "shorty." Although the short man is accustomed to such hurtful names, he calls a heavyset man "fatty," sending the message that even those who have been hurt by insensitivity can be insensitive themselves. A dwarf is part of a comedy act at a wedding. A mother who can't accept a short man as a potential son-in-law boasts that she accepts that her gay son is marrying a man.
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Violence & Scariness
Two men get into a fist fight. A short man gets knocked over by a large man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo suggests a small man has a larger penis than a taller man. A man and woman kiss passionately. They are seen from above and behind having sex, with no nudity. A daughter gives her father flavored condoms. At a gay wedding party, waiters in bathing suits serve drinks.
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Infrequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "bastard," damn," and "screw."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Short of Perfect is a Brazilian romantic comedy that's in Portuguese with English subtitles. Debunking prejudice is at the heart of the story. A vivacious and beautiful divorced attorney's family objects when she falls for a charming, attentive, and accomplished cardiologist. The problem is that he's shorter than she is. Characters work through their biases. Language includes infrequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "bastard," damn," and "screw." Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. Innuendo suggests a small man has a larger penis than a taller man. A man and woman kiss passionately. They are seen from above and behind having sex, with no nudity. A daughter gives her father flavored condoms. This is a remake of Argentinian film Corazon de Leon (Lion's Heart) from 2013, and a French version, Un homme a la Hauteur (Up for Love) from 2016. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Given that Just Short of Perfect is a remake of two earlier movies, the story of prejudice against good people is clearly a winning one that people respond to. With charming lead performers, the movie overcomes a sit-com style of formulaic set-ups, but not by much. Hassum's charm and talent recalls a young Dudley Moore, whose stature didn't keep him from leading man status in many romantic movies of the 1980s.
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