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Picture Perfect
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Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Dunn
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: foxmovies.com/pictureperfect/
Kiddie Movie: No nudity (but lots of cleavage), no bad language, and no sex means no perverted fun and therefore OK for the teenager types but I doubt the youngin's would get the entire love stuff.
Date Movie: Unless the date is an adulterous one I'd say go for it!
Gratuitous Sex: Nope, not really.
Gratuitous Violence: It's a romantic comedy, come on?
Action: See "violence."
Laughs: It's a tickler with a few good punches.
Memorable Scene: The dinner break-up scene.
Memorable Quote: A couple that go kinda like this: Co-worker Darcy to Kate after explaining Kate is now "engaged": "I could throw a little shower, you could score some pretty nice gifts." And Kate to her mom who wondered where she was the night before: "We had sex mommy, the really dirty kind."
Directed By: Glenn Gordon
Produced By: Erwin Stoff

Picture Perfect
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:40 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
Well... If it's no "Jerry Maguire," and it's no "She's The One" (thank God), then what is it? "Picture Perfect is simply an enjoyable romantic comedy staring the all-too-willing-to-show-us-her-cleavage "Friends" person, Jennifer Aniston. Unlike her previous attempts at the big screen (didn't she play a camp counselor in a really bad, mid-80's movie?), Jennifer actually gets some good material to act to, maybe not very original material, but that's OK.

Here's the poop - Jennifer plays Kate Mosley, an ad agency copyright type person in an agency where she has no upward mobility because of her non-frivolous, single lifestyle. In order to get the big promotion, her co-worker says Kate is actually engaged and uses a photo of Kate and this dude Nick (Jay Mohr), whom Kate met at a wedding, to prove it. Well, at first Kate is pissed at her co-worker, but after she realizes she snared the promotion and gets to have an "affair" with Sam (Kevin Bacon), she isn't as mad anymore. Not too bad for one little white lie, huh? All is well until she has to bring Nick to a dinner. Kate then figures this might not be so bad - she can break off the "engagement" in front of her boss and all will be back to normal - she got her promotion, got to sleep with Sam, and can get her life back. Well, in the end Kate realizes that she has a conscience and actually loves her pretend fiancé (did I mention that she had to sucker Nick into playing his role as her fiancé?). Oh boy, what a cliché, right? Well, like I said, the material lacks total originality, but the actors make the movie charming and enjoyable none the less.

How so you ask? Well for starters, Olympia Dukakis has a bit part as Kate's mom, Rita. Boy oh boy does she ham it up - And I thought my mom was a pain in my ass about the whole single at 30 thing. Oye! Then there are many of the situations in the movie, like the "break up dinner." Fabulous - I almost pissed my pants. As far as the ending? Well, as you might expect, there is a cheesy ending where Kate confronts her true love, Nick (who I still hate for firing poor Jerry Maguire in one of his previous roles), and does so by interrupting a wedding. Cute situation, but if it were my wedding I'd be kickin' some ass! Plus, my wedding wouldn't be in a church, it would be at the Elvis Chapel of Love in Las Vegas. Anyway, for what the movie lacked in originality or believability, it made up for in charm and I give "Picture Perfect" 3 1/2 of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable movie - 'Nuff said. And I'm Stu Gotz.

 

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