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Picture Perfect (1997)

Kate is struggling in the advertising business in New York City: she cannot move forward despite her talent. Her boss, Mr. Mercer, passes her up for a promotion because she is "not stable enough". Her co-worker, Darcy, invents a story claiming Kate is engaged to Nick, a freelance videographer who lives in Massachusetts, with whom Kate had her picture taken during a friend's wedding.

Picture Perfect (1997)

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Teens looking for an entertaining romcom can find much better. As Kate, Aniston uses her trademark comic timing to play the kind of wavering, passive-aggressive character she perfected on the television show Friends and has been entertainingly playing ever since. But some may tire of yet another of these similar performances. The urge to root for her is strong, but one is hesitant when Kate treats a nice guy so shabbily. After all she does to him, it's difficult to believe he wouldn't be glad to wash his hands of her.

Kate Mosley (Jennifer Aniston) is 28 year old working single girl. Darcy (Illeanna Douglas) is her best gal pal and boss. Sam (Kevin Bacon) is a sleazy co-worker who thinks she's too nice to date. She comes up with a pitch for the new big account but she gets left off the team. Her mom Rita (Olympia Dukakis) is itching for grandkids. She meets videographer Nick (Jay Mohr) working at her friend's wedding. The firm's boss Mercer (Kevin Dunn) thinks she's not settled enough so Darcy makes up a lie about Kate and Nick. Mercer gives her a promotion. Sam starts looking at her differently. Kate has to make up all kinds of lies about Nick. Nick becomes a big hero and Kate needs him for to help cover for her lies.None of the jokes work well if one can call any of them actual jokes. Aniston is charismatic enough for the single gal rom-com. The story is rather bland. There is no snap in the dialog. There is nothing terribly wrong with this movie other than that there is nothing terribly interesting here. Director Glenn Gordon Caron has given very little and seems to be relying on Aniston's charms. She's not good enough to carry this whole movie without any help. The other problem is that she and Jay don't spend a lot of quality time together until 42 minutes. The chemistry doesn't get developed enough. The good news is that they seem like a perfectly likable couple but that's not enough.

Kate (Jennifer Aniston) is struggling in the advertising business in New York, believing in her talents, but she cannot move forward. When the chance comes for her to get promoted, her boss (Kevin Dunn) decides to pass her up because she is 'not stable enough'. Her co-worker Darcy then makes up a story about an engagement with a guy called Nick (Jay Mohr) who lives in Massachusetts, and works as a freelance videographer, with whom Kate had her picture taken during a recent friends' wedding.All seems to work out well for Kate. She even gets the attention of a colleague (Kevin Bacon) she had always wanted, but then events take a dramatic turn forcing her to bring her alleged fiancé to dinner with her boss after Nick saves a little girl from a fire and winds up on the news, not to mention on the cover of several newspapers. She asks Nick to make a fool out of himself and to "break up" with her. Nick doesn't want to comply, but he cooperates to please Kate.Nick and Kate slowly but surely start to fall in love.

Darn the luck. Anyway, around this time, Kate goes to a friend's wedding (had to happen), and she accidentally ends up with a Polaroid of herself and Nick (regular guy Jay Mohr), who is videotaping the happy moment. Later, her best friend (Illeana Douglas) shows the picture to their boss and claims that the guy is Kate's fianc&eacute. Well, this just changes everything! Pretty soon Kate's climbing the corporate ladder due to her stellar work on the Gulden's Mustard campaign (Gulden's practically sponsors the movie, like it's an Eric Clapton tour), and, of course, she gets aggressively horizontal with Bacon, who now thinks she's cheating and is the "bad girl" he's looking for.

Wait, it gets dumber. One day Nick, the guy in the picture, is all over the TV because he saved a little girl from a burning building. Everyone at the office thinks that Kate's "fianc&eacute" is now a hero, and the boss wants to take them out to dinner to thank him. Kate then has to go find the guy, and convince him to come to the dinner so that they can break up in front of everyone. Guess what, though -- he kinda likes her.

Alan enters both families in a contest sponsored by Barrett's Natural Soda. When they do become the finalists they have to join their families together in order to win the grand prize by pretending to be the perfect family. And the problems just keep coming after that.

  • Acting Unnatural: It's actually amazing that Ernie did notice how unnatural the family was acting most of the time.

  • Amateur Sleuth: Eve Scrimmer, boy is she ever. Trying to get the inside scoop on people by peeping through hedges.

  • A Simple Plan: Sure let's pretend that our parents are actually married and then paint us as the absolutely perfect family; what could go wrong? It's not like the host of the contest is going to come stay with us to make sure we're what we're claiming we are.

  • Bad Liar: The whole family's not very good at it, but the kids did do a good job with their letter so?

  • Becoming the Mask: After a while George and Vicky realize that they actually do love each other and get married.

  • Bluff the Impostor: What Alan does to the fake FBI agents.

  • Brick Joke: After the whole movie's worth of "Poor Rusty", Ernie gifts the family with a pup that looks exactly like the never-existed dog at the wedding.

  • Butt-Monkey: George Thomas. He has had to face a few blows and misfortunes, but he mostly is from the way he's treated, and how he is always the victim to having to do all the hedge trimming. Amanda also is at the restaurant during the double date fiasco.

  • Cassandra Truth: George's boss and Mss. Scrimmer were at least right about the two groups not being a family.

  • Diabolical Mastermind: The mastermind brains behind the whole plot is Alan, with some of the help of his friend, J.J. While the second scheme was not so much what you would say diabolical, the first scheme was the most diabolical one because it involved an attempt of Alan and his friend trying to wreck his mother's relationship with her boyfriend, Bob.

  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Every lie just makes the hole that much bigger.

  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: George is okay around Mrs. Walters after she had him in a strangle hold. Admittedly she thought he'd done something to her daughter and grandson, so he might have just chalked that up to her being a Mama Bear.

  • The Ghost: Poor Rusty! (The kids invented a dog for the photograph to make the "family" seem more perfect. Since the dog never existed, they have to keep mourning his death once Ernie shows up.)

  • Hilarity Ensues: Everyone trying to setup the house to make Ernie think both families live in it.

  • Medical Technobabble: Ernie's (fictional) 'Schizoid-detritus-melanomus'.

  • Secret Chaser: Ms. Scrimmer, she must have a lot of time on her hands.

As a copywriter who has always chauvinistically maintained thatwords are the most important part of advertising, I neverthelesshave to concede the following: Before there was the written word,there were pictures for communication (as in drawings on cavewalls). Pictures are a faster "read" than words have everbeen. And finally, as the oft quoted saying goes, a picture isworth a thousand words.

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