Picture Perfect begins with a funny/shocking scene in which Kate (Jennifer Aniston) tosses her latest date out of her apartment because the gentleman does not wish to use a condom. This sets the style for a film that is hardly too blunt for television but a natural transition for Aniston, who scores high marks for her acting ability as well as her nationally famous hair. The screenplay probes some of the thornier issues of sexism, suggesting that women on the fast track have problems other than sexual harassment to cope with when they happen to be young and desirable. On the other hand, the bad boy Kate hungers for, Sam (Kevin Bacon), and the good guy who pursues her, Nick (Jay Mohr), are a little too pat to be completely credible. We know which man she'll wind up with long before Kate does.
Set in New York City's ad world, Picture Perfect always provides comfortable, if not sumptuous, backgrounds. Kate's boss, Mr. Mercer (Kevin Dunn), is a glib satire of an executive, easy to despise until he takes the time to explain his choices. Actors Faith Prince (Mrs. Mercer) and Olympia Dukakis (Rita, Kate's mother) are wasted, although Dukakis, at least, gets off a few zingers. However, director Glenn Gordon Caron's fine hand has not deserted him since 'Moonlighting,' and his witty touches are observed throughout, especially in the church audience play-by-play reaction that does so much to highlight Picture Perfect's climactic wedding scene.
Aniston proves to be a charming, good-natured, clever young actress whose mind seems to be moving furiously ahead of everyone else's. Like all good comics, her reactions are as amusing as her one-liners. Not just another escapee from TV's top-rated 'Friends,' she demonstrates here enough talent to sustain a feature. Most of her costumes, chosen by Jane Robinson, are more imaginative than costly-all show her off to best advantage. Illeana Douglas also looks smart in a glib 'big sister' role, but it is hard to watch other women when Aniston is onscreen. This is an actress with a future in features as well as in fashion statements.