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Picture Perfect

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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 25, 2000 | E-mail the Author
Movie: Kate (Jennifer Aniston) is ready to make her break in advertising and become an executive. But, the firm she works for more settle down workers for the executive positions, and Kate is far from settled down. Kate knows she needs to do something about it, or else she'll be stuck in her midlevel position forever. She figures if she has a man, then that will give the appearance of a more stable homelife, instead of a single, more wild type. So she sets her sights on the office Romeo, Sam, only to find out he prefers affairs with married women. What does Kate do? She pretends to get married, and ends up creating an entire fictional life, just to move up the ladder of success. Soon, her newly created world starts to come apart, as her boss wants to meet her husband, who she is not really married to, and in fact, barely knows the guy she says she is married to. Can Kate work out the details, and sell her artificial life as being real long enough to snare the promotion? Picture Perfect is a romantic comedy, and it works very well as one. It has more of an edge to it than most movies in the genre, with a little more spite than the others. The comedy is very good, and there are plenty of laughs throughout the movie. Aniston is decent, but after I saw Office Space, she can't top her performance in that. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, featuring Illeana Douglas, Jay Mohr, Olympia Dukakis, and Kevin Bacon. How in the world does Bacon have time to make all these movies? While this is not Citizen Kane, it does try to be. If you are in the mood for some light comedic material, this is the movie for you. It's not the best out there, but it's very good.

Video: Picture Perfect is presented in 1.85:1 non anamorphic widescreen, and it looks very good. The print looks great, with very little flecks and other wear signs. Colors are top notch, with deep hues, but still a natural edge to them. No color trouble arises, even with the reddest reds. Black levels are decent, although some scenes are a little on the light side. This is not often however, so don't worry. All in all, this is a solid transfer, but anamorphic enhancement would have helped the rating.

Audio: The disc uses a 5.1 track, but trust me, it does not need it. There is very limited use of the speakers in the rear, and the subwoofer might as well take a short vacation. The audio stays in the front channels except in some brief instances, and even then, surround use is minor. The music comes through as the most active portion, and it sounds excellent. Dialogue, the focus point, is crystal clear, with no problems whatsoever.

Extras: The only extra included is the theatrical trailer. But you also get some bonus trailers, for Fox's other romantic comedy movies.

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