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 they're free to leave whenever they wish. Kate's friend Darcy (Illeana Douglas) comes up with a possible solution: use a photo of Kate with handsome stranger Nick (Jay Mohr) to convince Mercer that she's engaged to be married. The ruse works -- Kate gets her promotion, and Sam, who's attracted to women who are already spoken for, starts showing her some attention. But soon Mercer wants to meet Kate's husband-to-be; Kate tracks down Nick and persuades him to pose as her intended for an evening, but Nick decides at the end of the night that he's in love with her. Picture Perfect was written and directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, who created the TV series Moonlighting. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Sean Patrick Thomas
as Ad Agency Researcher
Kevin Dunn
as Mr. Mercer
Jay Mohr
as Nick
Daryl Edwards
as Ad Executive No. 4
Andrea Bendewald
as Pregnant Friend
Faran Tahir
as Sajit
Peter McRobbie
as Ad Executive No. 2
Ivar Brogger
as Ad Executive No. 1
John Rothman
as Jim Davenport
Faith Prince
as Mrs. Mercer
Bray Poor
as Ad Executive No. 3
Matthew Sussman
as Darcy's Husband
Richard Spore
as Watch Seller
Ali Marsh
as Snack Lady
Jenna Stern
as Ad Executive No. 5
Jim Ryan
as Anchor Person
Margaret Gibson
as Mrs. Davenport
David Cromwell
as Minister
Doug Easley
as Maitre D'
Vimesh Thakar
as The Maharishi
Bellina Logan
as Ad Agency Receptionist
Kaley Cuoco
as Little Girl
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Critic Reviews for Picture Perfect

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (11)

[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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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[Aniston] at her best can recall young Barbra Streisand in her What's Up, Doc? days.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Aniston comes across like an imitation of a movie star instead of the real thing. She gets less attractive as the film goes on.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Insubstantial and oversweet, it still refreshes as a midsummer brain cooler.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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There are times when a bad ending doesn't seriously damage a motion picture. This is not one of those.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Picture Perfect


An average Aniston Rom-Com. Not her best or her worst. It's ok but I have watched a few of her more recent films lately that I thought were better or funnier at least.

Dean King
Dean King

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The ultimate chick flick. Adorable movie. Jen is adorable, Kevin is gorgeous, & jay is 2 cute 4 words. Would absolutly recommend this movie 2 anyone who loves romantic comedies. I love it! <3

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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I love this movie again another brillant romcom starring my favourite jennifer aniston, this is a witty, entertainingly hilariuosly sexy romcom which keeps you glued to your tv!! All though fairly predictable towards the end its still very good!! Aniston plays a job obsessed woman who needs to marry someone just so she can move along on job career prospect and thats where Jay mohr comes in giving a very entertainingly funny performance!!! Really worth a watch!!!

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