6 user 2 critic

Lying to Be Perfect (2010)

An overweight magazine editor leads a double life as a sassy advice columnist at night. To keep her alter ego a secret she agrees to lose weight with two of her friends and embarks on a life changing journey.



(teleplay), (novel)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Loving Leah (TV Movie 2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Susie Essman
I Married Who? (TV Movie 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Straight-laced Jordan (Martin) is about to marry her perfect match, Peter (Snedeker) a clean-cut ambitious attorney. Before she walks down the aisle, Jordan and her best friends, Claire (... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Kellie Martin, Ethan Erickson, Bess Armstrong
A Crush on You (TV Movie 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man sends secret admirer e-mails to his crush but an e-mail address mix-up causes the notes to go to the woman's lovelorn coworker instead.

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Brigid Brannagh, Sean Patrick Flanery, Christine Scott Bennett
The Wish List (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After several nasty dating surprises, instantaneous HR executive Sarah compiles a 'complete' list of potential partner requirements. After handsome pediatrician and perfect gentleman Erik ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Jennifer Esposito, David Sutcliffe, Richard Portnow
The Mechanics of Love (TV Movie 2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In town for a wedding, Mattilynn runs into an old flame at her father's mechanic shop and is torn between staying and returning to the big city.

Director: David Weaver
Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tyler Hynes, Lochlyn Munro
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On a flight home to Chicago for a family wedding, childhood friends Josh and Molly innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement to make Josh's dying father happy. Things quickly get out of... See full summary »

Director: John Burgess
Stars: Shane McRae, Aubrey Dollar, Daniel J. Travanti
Rescue Me (TV Movie 2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a temporary auto call worker rescues an interior designer by talking with her to calm her down the two believe that they should explore the spark they felt during the call, however due... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann
Stars: Cassie Steele, Ryan Kennedy, Karissa Tynes
The Right Girl (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman learns valuable lessons while developing a relationship with her new boss and his young son.

Director: Bradford May
Stars: Anna Hutchison, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Gail O'Grady
The Perfect Bride (TV Movie 2017)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fitness trainer/former marriage counselor Molly White (Pascale Hutton) runs Bridal Boot Camp classes combining fitness and yoga with pre-marital counseling exercises to brides and grooms ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Wood
Stars: Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Leanne Lapp
My Fake Fiance (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jennifer and Vince, virtual strangers, find themselves strapped for cash and decide to stage a fake engagement and wedding just for the gifts.

Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Jason MacDonald
The Russell Girl (TV Movie 2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sarah Russell, a 23-year-old aspiring medical school student, visits her family to share some important news but instead finds herself confronting a difficult period from her past.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Ehle, Henry Czerny
Autumn Dreams (TV Movie 2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Years after the annulment of their spontaneous marriage a couple discovers a mistake in the paperwork that means they are still husband and wife.

Director: Neill Fearnley
Stars: Jill Wagner, Daniel Bacon, Bill Dow


Complete credited cast:
Nola Devlin
Chip / Alex
Lori DiGrigio
Joy (as Julia Anderson)
Andrew McIlroy ...
Chester (as Andrew Mcilroy)
Revard Dufresne ...
Nail Tech
Cookie Man

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat


July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith. Watch our exclusive celebrity interviews, and tune in to our LIVE show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 22.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con



An overweight magazine editor leads a double life as a sassy advice columnist at night. To keep her alter ego a secret she agrees to lose weight with two of her friends and embarks on a life changing journey.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


See all certifications »





Release Date:

30 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinderella Pact  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Charlotte: You can fake a lot of things, but you cannot fake talents.
See more »


Superstar (Smash it)
Written and Performed by Kimberly Cole
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Definitely a girls' film
11 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This charming film, of little interest to men but of considerable interest to women and girls, succeeds because of the charming personality of its star, Poppy Montgomery. She is so impressive in the TV series UNFORGETTABLE that I decided to order a DVD of something else to see what she was like when not being a memory expert. So this arrived, under the film's original title Cinderella PACT (a phrase used throughout the film, and hence the more appropriate title). The story is simple: three women who are close friends are very overweight, one of them being even extremely fat. They all suffer from low self-esteem and are inattentive towards their appearance, especially Poppy, whose mouth gets smeared with the icing when she eats a doughnut, and she doesn't even notice. So they make a pact to lose weight together. All three of the actresses start the film with immense padding around their bodies to simulate being fat. It does not really matter that we can readily see that it is all false padding, because this film is essentially a fairytale, where reality rarely comes into it. Without Poppy Montgomery this film probably would have been a failure. It needed and got a star who is so compulsively watchable that we can ignore the silliness and just watch her reactions and wonder what she is going to say or do next. For those not familiar with her, she is like a much warmer, more affectionate and childlike version of Sandra Bullock. But she can also be entirely convincing as someone of high intelligence. That's it, she's extremely intelligent but never really grew up. The love interest for Poppy was very well cast, with Adam Kaufman. He is good-looking, but his main appeal is that he is so nice. Girls often prefer nice guys to hunks, so Poppy's falling for him is no surprise. The film is a kind of romcom, but with the comedy down-played in favour of girlish angst. Men will be impatient watching all that fussy female obsessing with their appearance, but girls will be girls and we had better just accept it if we can't change it. The film was directed by the Canadian director Gary Harvey, who does a good job. The sub-plot turns out to be the main plot, namely that Poppy has invented an imaginary persona, an agony aunt called Belinda Apple (who gets to the 'core' of problems), and her book of advice to women and girls becomes a potential best-seller but causes the dilemma of Poppy not being able to appear at the press launch because Belinda does not really exist. It's all good fun for those who are either female or enjoy observing females in all of their many neuroses, to see how they cope with what seem to them to be really serious problems but which to us men often appear to be trivial issues. If women only would realize that men do not want them to be waif models and do not want them to become anorexic! But try and tell that to a girl!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: