Starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas, Olympia Dukakis
Director Glenn Gordon Caron
Opens Aug. 1
In the film, a chance meeting between an advertising exec (Aniston) and a party videographer (Mohr, Tom Cruise’s nemesis in Jerry Maguire) at a wedding leads to friendship, adulation, and possibly love. In real life, a chance meeting between Aniston and Mohr at a soup kitchen led to…absolutely nothing. ”I stood next to her handing out turkey dinners for the homeless on Thanksgiving,” recalls Mohr, who reminded a clueless Aniston of their shared humanitarianism once on the set. ”I was like, ‘Remember? We handed out turkeys!’ And she was like, ‘Whatever.”’ For director (and Moonlighting creator) Caron, the film fulfilled his desire to work with Friends star Aniston, who ”reminded me of a young Lee Grant.” Since Caron tweaked Perfect’s script a bit, can audiences expect some quick, Moonlighting-esque repartee? ”There’s some of that,” allows the director. In a summer that shuns intelligent banter for dinosaurs and superheroes, a little could go a long way. UPSIDE With her well-received supporting performance in She’s the One, Aniston has the best critical track record of any of the Friends. DOWNSIDE She has yet to prove she can carry a film by herself.