Jennifer Aniston is cute as a button in “Picture Perfect.”
As an ad executive trying to get her position secured with Mercer Advertising in addition to a raise, Kate is slighted when promotions are handed out by the owner Kevin Mercer. He feels she is a risk. She is single, with no children, no bills and no reason to stay around if he gives her clients to handle. Kevin’s reasoning is he has control if she has some complications in her life: bills, a house, a family. As Kevin states, if she has something that will require money, in debt up to her nose, she will have to remain on the job if only to pay her bills.
When she threatens to quit, in order to get a promotion, her friend, Darcy played by Illeana Douglas, decides to make up a more complicated life. She tells Kevin that Kate is engaged. Kate has to produce a fiancé. Not being in a stable relationship or even dating anyone on a regular basis, Kate sees potential in the photographer at her best friends’ wedding. She hires him to act the part of her fiance. Never considering the fact he may be or may become attracted to her, she has him live with her while she tries to figure out how to get out of the fix Darcy has gotten her into.
Kate is very attracted to Sam, the most womanizing ad executive at Mercer. Sam is played by Kevin Bacon. Kevin thinks she is a ‘good’ girl so he refuses to date her as he figures she is just not his type.
Only when she demonstrates emotions in front of everyone at the office, does he become interested.
Kate’s life now is more complicated than ever before. She is interested in having some type of relationship with Sam. Everyone at the office thinks she is engaged. The photographer hired to play her fiance is attracted to her and trying to get her interested and involved in a relationship and her mother, Rita, played by Olympia Dukakis, is demanding grands.
Kate is the typical young female trying to make it in the world. Sometimes females get so attracted to the ‘bad’ boy type, we let the perfect man slip right by.
Kate has the perfect man right at her disposal, yet she is too blinded by Sam’s bad boy persona to see Nick for what he really is; The perfect man for her. She is allowing the very person she wants and needs to pass right by. Nick, played by Jay Mohr, is the man Kate is longing to be with. However not until he walks away does she realize he is perfect for her. She almost loses him. If it were not for Sam finally demonstrating that he is really just plain old ‘No Good’ she would.
There are a few things that come to mind when viewing “Picture Perfect.” It’s questionable as to who the wardrobe coordinator was for the movie as Jennifer wears a dress that is far too tight and small when dressing for Mercer’s celebratory dinner. When she dresses for the night out, she wears a cute white blouse with black capri pants with black dress pumps. Even this outfit would have been more appropriate than the one worn to the celebration.
The bathroom scene is also a bit paltry. As Kate is having a major blow up, a female already occupying one of the stalls, runs out pulling up ‘things.’ Definitely would not happen in the real world. Who runs out of a restroom with their panties still down?
Now don’t get me wrong. Kate has every reason in the world to throw things. But, they should be thrown at Kevin. Kate was the master mind who created the slogan that procured the contract for Gulden’s Mustard. When the executive advertising team was assembled, Kate was left out, completely. So, her explosion was well founded.
With several goofs, “Picture Perfect” is still a pleasant movie to watch. With Olympia Dukakis and Jennifer Aniston in starring roles, it earns 7.5 stars right off the bat. Brad Pitt, eat your heart out.
Jennifer Aniston – Kate
Jay Mohr – Nick
Kevin Bacon – Sam
Olympia Dukakis – Rita
Illeana Douglas – Darcy
Kevin Dunn – Mr. Mercer