Picture Perfect

5.51 h 41 min1997X-RayPG-13
An ambitious advertising exec is deemed too unstable for a promotion - so she asks a young man to pose as her fiancée in order to appear more grounded. But what happens when true love enters the scene? With Kevin Bacon.
Glenn Gordon Caron
Jennifer AnistonJay MohrKevin Bacon
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Olympia DukakisIlleana DouglasKevin DunnFaith PrinceAnne Twomey
Erwin Stoff
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918 global ratings

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Benjamin D. LottReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A successful rom-com
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I must admit, I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. There's something magical about that fantasy world where man and woman have some kind of meet-cute, and then something tries to pull them apart while we're desperately hoping they will come back together. Picture Perfect is exactly one of those films and I find myself smiling throughout. It is the story of a career-focused young woman played by Jennifer Aniston who can't seem to move ahead because she is too much of a free spirit, and it seems everyone in her life wants her to create some roots. This leads her to invent a fiance based on a picture she had taken with a stranger, played by Jay Mohr. It's a crazy concept but I like how it seems that every person in her life wanted nothing more than for her to be tied down, and once the lie starts everything falls into place for her. However the magic of the story doesn't really get rolling until Jay Mohr enters the film full time. He's not the type of actor I would expect to be cast in this role, because he doesn't get many comedic moments, in fact he's usually the straight man. Despite this casting against type, I find him absolutely delightful. His lovable demeanor is exactly what is needed to break through the wall that Aniston's character is putting up.

Jennifer Aniston is great as the somewhat neurotic star of the film. She certainly seems like the result of someone being over-protected by her mother (played in this film by the wonderful Olympia Dukakis.) You can sense her emotions pouring out despite the efforts of her character to hide them, and that's really the most important thing in a rom-com. Also, while it's not something I would ordinarily notice in a film, I thought the wardrobe department teamed up perfectly with the hair and makeup department to get Aniston's look just right. She starts out the film with a very innocent and even childish look. Then as her character starts to "grow up" her appearance matures with her. I also have to give some credit to the script-writers because I think they did a nice job of putting some realistic dialogue that makes sense in the film despite the over-the-top wackiness of what is happening. It really shines in the dinner scene where Aniston and Mohr are saying one thing to each other, but we can read between the lines and tell exactly what they mean. I'm not sure why Picture Perfect was not that popular when it came out, but I think it has all the elements people look for in a good romantic comedy. Yes, as with all films in the genre, it is very predictable but it has a great deal of charm and gives you a few of those "aaawww" moments that melt your heart.
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Dr. BraxyReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen, But Oh So Funny!!!
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I love Jennifer Anniston and Jay Mohr, so this movie is a treat from the beginning. The initial premise is somewhat hackneyed in that Kate (Anniston) is an obviously talented employee at Mercer Advertising. She is quick and full of ideas and an absolute dream person. Yet, after coming up with the killer idea that gains a large account for her company, she is flatly told that she can't work on the account. Why? Because she isn't married, driving an expensive car or struggling with a house payment she can't afford. Her boss (wonderful Kevin Dunn) insists that there is nothing holding her to the company and she therefore can't rise.
If you don't know, this is a dream, open and shut case for any civil attorney. A blatant act of discrimination.
Kate goes off to a wedding, and has her picture taken with Nick (Mohr) the photographer. Her co-worker gets the idea to lie to Mercer saying Kate is engaged to Nick and that wins her the promotion that she deserves. All is well until Nick saves a child from a burning building and prompts Mercer to ask to meet Nick. So Kate offers to pay Nick to pretend he's her fiancee, then pick a fight and break up with her.
All is well until Nick actually falls for Kate.
Other than the implausible concept that gives the movie its start, this is a warm and truly engaging film that will have you watching over and over. Highly Recommended.
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Dee Rivers-YowellReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
A pleasant, hangin'-at-home chick flick, spiked with Aniston-Bacon chemistry
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Predictable? Yeah. Typical Aniston film. Yeah. Still, it was enjoyable as a night-at-home chick flick.
Aniston's on her way up in an advertising firm, where Kevin Bacon is a sexy co-worker. Sexxxy.
Her life becomes complicated when, through some communication snafus, the company is
led to believe she's engaged to a fella she's only met in passing. The bosses love the idea; it
makes her seem more serious, more likely to stay around, and so they mandate a dinner to meet the
lucky young man. Meanwhile, hot mattress romps with Bacon proceed apace. She visits the non-suspecting
acquaintance, explains her plight, he agrees to show up and play the part. It's at this point where
the vine of lies begins to take over Aniston's character's life and lead her to valuable truths she must
embrace, if the qualities of a meaningful life are to be hers.
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SydneyReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Cute concept but there is a lot of swearing and though it's part of the plot, the main girl really comes across so whatever at times. I wish Kate (Jennifer Aniston) and Nick (Jay Mohr) moments lasted longer. He is the highlight of this movie.
So if I'd say if you can find the TV version that'd be better because it cuts out alot of the junk/swearing.
MISTYCATReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just Love This Movie!!!
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Something about this movie that you can really identify with - for the ladies anyway. I have watched this several times and I sure can see alot of me and/or my friends in this movie! Sad or true, good or bad - it is all some of what we have done at some point in our lives! What a great ending. And J Mohr - love him! He is adorable in this! Course- Keving Bacon is always great - and I loved him and his character in this - very sexy I thought!
Just a great film, funny, sad, real true to life feelings in this that alot of us may not want to admit or face about ourselves... buy it ladies!
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KellyReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars
Picture Perfect
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This is a very sweet romantic comedy that stars Jennifer Aniston. She portrays an ad agency copywriter that is involved with fellow costar Kevin Bacon. He is the company bad boy, and she is just too good for him. When she gets involved with Jay Mohr, she finds herself falling for him. I was surprised to find I liked Jay Mohr's character. I have never liked him in anything I have seen him in, but this is definitely the exception. This movie is enjoyable, but very predictable.
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Amelia G LopezReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love, this movie i like all Jennifers movie movies ...
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Love ,this movie i like all Jennifers movie movies but i watch this movie so many times because Jay Mohr is so so handsome i think i fell in Love with him beautiful very romantic glad i got this movie really recommend ;
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Stella CarrierReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ambitions of An Advertising Professional
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Picture Perfect stars Jennifer Aniston as an ambitious advertising employee named Kate who is growing professionally in her career and manages to strengthen her talent due to immense dedication to her job. One of the major problems; On the plus side, she is in little danger of being fired by her boss Mr. Mercer (Kevin Dunn) but getting the projects and/or lucrative assignments seems out of reach for Kate due to her boss’s preference for promoting employees who are in relationships. In Mr. Mercer’s defense, he at least avoids further undermining Kate’s self-confidence and/or professional standing by strategically explaining why he is reluctant to assign her the more lucrative/high-profile projects/assignments with her currently being single. From my modest perspective, the perspective of her being judged due to being single is not that far-fetched because it is common knowledge (even in the year 2015) that many women (even here in the U.S.) are still seen as less than a whole person if they choose to focus more on improving their economic/professional lives while being child-free even for responsible reasons (i.e. they know that it would be too risky and unfair to the potential child(children) due to being self-aware that they are facing at least 15-20 years of repaying their student loans and figuring out legal ways to move up from minimum wage status in the private sector to further build up their savings cushion). Please know that I have nothing against mothers and children, especially because my late adoptive mother legally took me as her own daughter even though she did not give birth to me. It is just that there is proof in what I say because the character of Kate’s mom Rita Moseley (Olympia Dukakis who I’m aware was only doing her job) is shown (in the film) making it clear that one of the reasons why she is eager for Kate to partner up soon is because she dreams of grandchildren from the daughter she loves dearly. Kate demonstrates her talent when she pitches content for Gulden mustard. She experiences the epiphany needed to strengthen the brand of Gulden mustard when she explains how they can make the connection between model Cindy Crawford’s success, her biochemistry major in college, and her original background of coming from outside of Hollywood. Kate’s friend Sela (Anne Twomey) is happy for Kate’s professional contributions and even playfully teases her about her crush on fellow advertising employee Sam Mayfair (Kevin Bacon). However, Sela, well-intentioned as she is, also ends up indirectly leaving Kate to brush up on her skills as a storyteller when she manages to link Nick (Jay Mohr) and Kate as a couple. On the plus side, Sela indirectly helps Kate to get the more lucrative projects that she has been after for some time. However, Kate has to come up with a plan/scheme quick because she only met videographer Nick briefly at a wedding and has not seen him in person since. The song Say What You Want by Texas plays in snippets briefly during the movie and then in entirety after the end of the Picture Perfect movie. The following are the theatrical trailers contained within this dvd;
Picture Perfect, French Kiss, Ever After starring Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Houston directed by Andy Tennant(I’ve seen Ever After before and definitely would again snippets of the following songs are also featured in the Ever After trailer; Mummer’s Dance by Loreena McKennitt and Fable by Robert Miles), Never Been Kissed (snippets of Blister In The Sun by The Violent Femmes), Great Expectations film (snippets of the song Life In Mono by Mono), One Fine Day, Cousin Bette.
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