Picture Perfect (1997 film)
|Directed by||Glenn Gordon Caron|
|Produced by||Erwin Stoff
|Written by||Arleen Sorkin
Glenn Gordon Caron
|Music by||Carter Burwell|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||105 min.|
Kate (Jennifer Aniston) is struggling in the advertising business in New York: she cannot move forward despite her talent. Her boss, Mr. Mercer (Kevin Dunn), passes her up for a promotion because she is "not stable enough". Her co-worker, Darcy (Illeana Douglas), invents a story claiming Kate is engaged to Nick (Jay Mohr), a freelance videographer who lives in Massachusetts, with whom Kate had her picture taken during a friend's wedding
All seems to work out well for Kate. After Nick saves a little girl from a fire and winds up in the news, Kate is forced to bring her alleged fiancé to dinner with Mercer and his wife. She asks Nick to "break up" with her. Nick, who already likes Kate, complies to please Kate. Meanwhile, Sam (Kevin Bacon), a colleague that Kate had always wanted, takes notices of her. They have sex twice. However, it seems he's only interested for the thrill of an apparent "affair" he had with Kate.
As Kate and Nick get to know each other, she starts to like him. The night of the dinner arrives and Kate and Nick are prepared for their "big fight". But, Nick tries to suppress the "fight" by complimenting her and expressing the desire for a future with Kate. However, Kate just wants the "fight" to happen. At the dinner table, Kate tries to drive Nick into a fight but it doesn't work. She pays a restaurant employee to call her number and tries to make it seem like Nick is having an affair with an ex-girlfriend. At first Nick is a bit lost but figures it out and finally plays along.
Free from the lie, she goes to Sam's for sex but when she tells him that she and Nick are over, he stops. He then is no longer interested and tries to push her and Nick to reconcile. Annoyed that some of her lie was to get his attention, just to be realize he didn't want her anymore now that she was single. During her attempt to leave, he accidentally hits Kate with his elbow as she leaves. Nick sees her eye and is worried about what happened between her and Sam. He eventually helps her and talks to her mother to calm her.
After a week, feeling guilty, Kate admits to Mercer (and several co-workers) her cover-up, stating that she was dressing for the job she wanted, repeating a line that Mercer had used on her earlier regarding her instability. Mercer pays a visit to Kate's office, where she tells him she's quitting. Mercer counters by admitting to her how he exaggerated his own past at one point in his life, as well as suggests she take a few days off to go to Massachusetts and patch things up with Nick.
Kate walks in while Nick is recording a wedding and he rebuffs her attempts to patch things up until she humiliates herself in front of the soon-to-be-married couple, as Nick did in front of her boss earlier. Satisfied that the playing field has been leveled, he invites her to the wedding reception as his guest. They make up after Kate accepts.
- Jennifer Aniston as Kate Mosley
- Jay Mohr as Nick
- Kevin Bacon as Sam Mayfair
- Olympia Dukakis as Rita Mosley
- Illeana Douglas as Darcy O'Neil
- Matthew Sussman as Darcy's Husband
- Kevin Dunn as Mr. Mercer
- Faith Prince as Mrs. Mercer
- Anne Twomey as Sela
- John Rothman as Jim Davenport
- Margaret Gibson as Mrs. Davenport
- Paul Cassell as Brad
- Ivar Brogger as 1st Ad Executive
- Peter McRobbie as 2nd Ad Executive
- Bray Poor as 3rd Ad Executive
- Daryl Edwards as 4th Ad Executive
- Jenna Stern as 5th Ad Executive
- Bellina Logan as Agency Receptionist
- Sean Patrick Thomas as Agency Researcher
- Andrea Bendewald as Pregnant Friend
- Marcia DeBonis as Rosie
- Amelia Campbell as Susan
- Faran Tahir as Sajit
- David Cromwell as Minister
- Jessica Cushman as Bride
- Kaley Cuoco as Little Girl
- Greg Grunberg as Date (uncredited)
Picture Perfect received mixed reviews from critics, as it holds a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews.
The film opened at No. 5 at the North American box office making $7.8 million in its opening weekend. It eventually earned over $44 million worldwide, making it a moderate success commercially by beating out its $19 million budget.
- Picture Perfect at the Internet Movie Database
- Picture Perfect at Rotten Tomatoes
- Picture Perfect at Box Office Mojo