Caren Weiner Campbell
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Picture Perfect

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
performer
Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Jay Mohr
director
Glenn Gordon Caron
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Glenn Gordon Caron, Paul Slansky, Arleen Sorkin
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B-

This feature-length vehicle for Jennifer Aniston, the perky Friends star, truly seems to belong on the small screen. For one thing, Picture Perfect‘s premise—contrived by director-cowriter Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of Moonlighting—is a ready-for-prime-time confection: To advance her career and entice an office lothario (Kevin Bacon), Aniston?s Kate claims to be engaged to an out-of-towner she hardly knows, a wedding videographer played with quiet sweetness by Jay Mohr. From there, this warm and cozy, predictable tale goes down as easily as tapioca pudding. Just as with a 22-minute sitcom, Caron seems to say, all?s well because the end?s swell. But that picture of life is just a little too perfect. B-

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