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Picture Perfect (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 August 1997 (USA)
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A young advertising executive's life becomes increasingly complicated when, in order to impress her boss, she pretends to be engaged to a man she has just met.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Twomey ...
Mrs. Davenport (as Margaret Gibson)
1st Ad Executive
2nd Ad Executive
Bray Poor ...
3rd Ad Executive
4th Ad Executive


Kate is working on a career at Mercer Advertising but is passed up for promotion because she's 'not stable enough', still being single and having no ties to the company. A story is made up about her being engaged to Nick, a guy whom she just met at a friend's wedding, and all seems to work out well for Kate. She even gets the attention of a colleague she had always wanted, but events soon take a dramatic turn, forcing her to 'present' her alleged fiance to her boss. Written by Malthus <>

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She was prepared for anything until love stormed in. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El retrato perfecto  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,809,026 (USA) (1 August 1997)


DEM 3,075,935 (Germany) (3 July 1998)

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Jennifer Aniston plays an older women as Nick ask Kate "What's your birthday?", " April 3,1968". Jennifer's actual birthday is February 11, 1969. See more »


While Nick and Kate are arguing in the restaurant, as the camera angles change, the levels of brandy in everyone's glasses alternately rise and fall, even though it is clear that everyone is wrapped up in the drama and not drinking. See more »


Sam Mayfair:'s like, even though you're engaged, when you're with me I really feel like you're WITH me, you know? But the scary thing is I actually kinda like it.
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This is beyond charming - it has heart
28 January 1999 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

A seemingly small movie yet it's beyond charming, it has heart. Don't dismiss this as an expanded version of the TV series Jennifer is in, she's what she is, yet she fits into this story so well, playing opposite Jay Mohr and Kevin Bacon, with Ileanna Douglas as her best friend and Olympia Dukakis as her mom – it's Jennifer Aniston perfect.

The heart may not be evident in the beginning, especially with Jennifer's central character, but hang in there, heart becomes more and more ever present as you follow the story closely. My appreciation for the nuances of this movie did not come deeper until I sat through it again on cable over the weekend. I remember I liked the movie in general and that Jay Mohr gave a very good performance – he's just as becoming as Jennifer is. They do seem like a perfect pair.

This could be a date movie: especially for a single young woman with career ambitions (here it is in advertising), who thinks she can be self-sufficient without any ties or warmth from others, including mom. It is very much a city woman movie. It is maybe for the 20 to 30 something's, yet there are lessons in loving that anyone can take away with. Essentially, it is about how we can take for granted the people around us and not realize the little things in life that are free and in abundance for us to receive and enjoy – if we would only open our eyes, pause - truly listen, and let the heart do the rest.

Trivia: There was a play on the movie title as it first appears and appears again. Ha! Have fun and enjoy.

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