Picture Perfect (1997)
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Friends star Jennifer Aniston made her debut as the leading lady of a feature film in this romantic comedy. Kate (Aniston) is an art director with an advertising agency whose personal and professional life is stuck in neutral; while her work is good, her boss Mr. Mercer (Kevin Dunn) won't give her a promotion, and while Kate is attracted to co-worker Sam (Kevin Bacon), he's not interested in her. Kate learns that Mercer is loath to promote single people, because without permanent attachments
Aug 1, 1997 Wide
Feb 25, 1998
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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[Aniston] has the rare gift of getting you to root for her in the most trying of circumstances, a quality that will stand her in good stead when she progresses to better material.
[Aniston] at her best can recall young Barbra Streisand in her What's Up, Doc? days.
Aniston doesn't need dialogue to catch Kate's quicksilver moods. It's the sitcom lines, at the service of a contrived plot, that choke her.
Insubstantial and oversweet, it still refreshes as a midsummer brain cooler.
Aniston comes across like an imitation of a movie star instead of the real thing. She gets less attractive as the film goes on.
It's a shame the plot is so contrived, because parts of this movie are really pretty good.
Sure, the movie follows a basic romantic comedy formula, but it has a freshness about it, mainly because Aniston and Mohr make a sweet match.
The characters are one-dimensional and surprisingly shallow, the film is unpleasantly predictable, and the realism factor here is You've gotta be kidding.
The main thing that makes it watchable are the performances of Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr and Kevin Bacon. The three make an interesting romantic triangle, despite numerous plot problems, such as the story is basically unbelievable.
Not quite bad enough to call rancid, and that's the best I can say for it.
The comedy side of the formula gets short shrift here, partly because the camera spends so much time lingering on Ms. Aniston's ineffable cuteness.
The script has interesting comments to make about the expectations people place on love, marriage and commitment, but it fails to follow through; its structure disintegrates just at the point when it should take off...
Glenn Gordon Caron directs this romantic comedy with a light touch that brings to the surface its breezy observations on sexual politics.
Movies like this one just sort of float around for a few weeks like a thin cloud, then slowly dissipate. Most people probably won't even remember it was in theaters when it shows up on the video rack three months from now.
The results should not surprise you. It's cute, fairly amusing, overly contrived and underwhelming.
It's one of those uninvolving films where the good bits are great, but who cares? -- there aren't enough of them to make us forget about the dross.
With her terrific looks, her happy and vivacious demeanor and her tenacity, Aniston gives a compelling performance as a hyperactive career woman, while making Kate an incredibly likable character.
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