review for Picture Perfect on AllMovie

Picture Perfect (1997)
by Karl Williams review

When the flinty and sarcastic Jay Mohr is the most likable and convincing element in a romantic comedy, it's a strong indication that the film in question is a pretty disagreeable affair. Jennifer Aniston, clad repeatedly in overly revealing garb that would rate her a verbal warning at just about any serious business enterprise in the free world, again portrays a selfish, venal character similar to her role on the hit TV comedy Friends. So dimwitted is her supposedly sympathetic character here that she concocts an astonishingly complex web of lies to deal with a problem that -- it will be obvious to even the most willingly disbelief-suspending audience members -- would be instantly remedied via the threat of a good solid lawsuit. Why Mohr isn't the protagonist here is a mystery; he certainly is playing the "good guy" in clichéd every sense of the word. A really solid supporting cast including Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, Illeana Douglas, and Kevin Dunn does its best to provide some reason to stick with the proceedings, but Picture Perfect (1997) only serves to prove a pair of truths. First, that the light-as-meringue screwball romantic comedy genre is growing increasingly harder to do in the modern age. Second, that writer/director Glenn Gordon Caron really belongs in television, where he has created such superb programs as Moonlighting and Now and Again.