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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.


Glenn Gordon Caron


Arleen Sorkin (story), Paul Slansky (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Kate
Jay Mohr ... Nick
Kevin Bacon ... Sam
Olympia Dukakis ... Rita
Illeana Douglas ... Darcy
Kevin Dunn ... Mr. Mercer
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Sela
Faith Prince ... Mrs. Mercer
John Rothman ... Jim Davenport
Meg Gibson ... Mrs. Davenport (as Margaret Gibson)
Paul Cassell ... Brad
Ivar Brogger ... 1st Ad Executive
Peter McRobbie ... 2nd Ad Executive
Bray Poor Bray Poor ... 3rd Ad Executive
Daryl Edwards ... 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 <zombie@il.fontys.nl>

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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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Did You Know?


Matthew Broderick, Jon Stewart, John Corbett, and William Baldwin all screentested for the role of Nick. Jennifer Aniston pushed for her then-boyfriend Tate Donovan to assume the role, and was unhappy when Jay Mohr was ultimately cast. See more »


When Kate meets up with Nick to ask him to help her with her scheme, Nick orders a coke. Neither of them touches it during the whole conversation but in the end, when Nick leaves, the glass is almost empty. See more »


Rita Mosely: I'd like a grandchild. So, shoot me.
Kate Mosley: All right, Ma. Well, you'll be happy to know I'm looking into getting some eggs frozen.
Rita Mosely: Wonderful. I can tell everyone I'm having a grandsicle.
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References Cinderella (1950) See more »


Heaven Only Knows
Written by Andy Connell (as Andrew Connell), Corinne Drewery
Performed by Swing Out Sister
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

Picture Perfect Not Bad
8 November 2002 | by ES-IIISee all my reviews

Jennifer Aniston makes her debut as a bona-fide leading lady in Picture Perfect, in which she plays a talented and charming advertising director named Kate Mosley -- and I do mean charming! Fans of the divine Ms. Aniston will be head-over-heels for this film, watching the leggy knock-out parade around in a serious of provocative and hermetically-sealed outfits. But guess what – for as hot as Aniston is, life just ain't picture perfect! The independent lil' lady can't advance up the corporate ladder because she's unattached and has no liabilities, meaning she has no responsibilities, meaning she could leave the firm at the drop of a dime. On top of everything else, Kate, tired of dating an endless stream of losers, falls for bad-boy co-worker Sam Mayfair (Kevin Bacon), who unfortunately only dates `unavailable' woman and finds Kate `too nice.'

Her colleague Darcy O'Neal (Illeana Douglas) invents a fictional fiancee for Kate based on a silly, random photo taken with a Bostonian named Nick (Jerry McGuire's Jay Mohr) at a wedding the week before. She's only met him once, as he was videotaping the wedding. Frustrated with everything, Kate reluctantly goes along with the harebrained scheme and gets her promotion, as well as her man, for the previously unavailable Sam is suddenly attracted to the now officially-unavailable Kate.

When controlling factors force Kate into generating her fiancee, she hunts Nick down and hires him for one evening to pose as her beloved. He agrees, and the two create a past history for their relationship, as well as a convenient break-up that will take place during a business dinner with her boss.

The catch? Nick falls in love with Kate, Kate unknowingly falls in love with Nick, and Nick becomes uncomfortable with the whole facade. We, the audience, are forced to root for Joe Ordinary (Mohr) over Joe Cool (Bacon), knowing that his hapless, hayseed schtick is probably three yawns too tired for a city-slicker like Aniston's character. I didn't think she should date either of them! Still, contrived and all, it's a pretty good flick, and Aniston is always compelling as an actress (and not just as an object to ogle), mind the one scene where I fell completely out of sympathy with her for being such a crass bitch! But she looked good being one...

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,809,026, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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