The Perfect Family (2012)
The Perfect Family stars Kathleen Turner as suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary, who has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish, her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years... -- (C) Variance Films
as Eileen Cleary
as Frank Cleary
as Frank Jr.
as Monsignor Murphy
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as Agnes Dunn
as Christina Reyes
as Louis Reyes
as Theresa Henessy
as Father Joe
as Bishop Donnelly
as Sister Joan
as Mrs. Punch
as Greta Russert
as Susan O'Connor
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Family
This Kathleen Turner vehicle is a stiff, a picture with so little urgency that it drags on like a sermon without end, with all the flavor of a communion wafer.
It would be ripe territory for self-reflection if this sloppy debut from filmmaker Anne Renton weren't plagued with as much self-doubt and uncertainty as its lead Catholic.
Turner is terrific, but The Perfect Family doesn't know quite what to do with her energy, eventually taking on so much surplus woe, there's no chance for a clean exit.
At the most fundamental level, as a work of entertainment, it fails. Scenes meander pointlessly, beginning and ending without any change or story movement.
A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.
A leaden, ham-fisted affair that was exactly the sort of pap John Waters was spoofing when he cast Turner as a serial-killing soccer mom.
Hollywood generally avoids religion whenever possible. The Perfect Family, a sweet and touching indie comedy-drama, tackles the subject head-on without offending or alienating anyone.
A resolutely middle-of-the-road affair that never locates and communicates a very persuasive reason for its existence, or even a compelling dramatic throughline. A cinematic 'meh' if ever there were one.
Religion butts heads mercilessly with romance in this ironically titled dysfunctional family values dramedy. But the premeditated plot points are simply too blatantly stacked against traditional matrimonial tribes, in favor of idealized same sex unions.
In this dramedy, Kathleen Turner is sincerely sympathetic, as faith triumphs over religion.
The film's gentle, sentimental approach prevents it from ever really getting at the pain that's been swirling around this imperfect family for years.
This often amusing pro-gay comedy delivers a dysfunctional family and religious orthodoxy in extremis with a bright cast headed by a droll Kathleen Turner.
The trailers make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire; in fact it's dramatic - when it isn't dull and obvious.
"The Perfect Family'' is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.
The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
[Turner's] performance is the deepest and truest element in this shallow feel-good movie about the clash between gay rights and Catholic orthodoxy in a generic suburban town...
The movie teeters on the edge of caricature, but Kathleen Turner keeps it grounded and relatable.
An anodyne tale of family-centered acceptance that's neither comical when it wants to be nor touching when it strivers for pathos.
We need more of Turner onscreen, so I hesitate to criticize when she finally appears. But the truth is that she's sadly underutilized in Renton's debut.
Audience Reviews for The Perfect Family
I actually liked this a little more than I thought I would. I can't help feel that it would have been a better movie without Kathleen Turner, though....More
"The Perfect Family is like so many other family films that I have seen dealing with religion, having a gay/lesbian child and of course the one screw up. I thought that maybe I would see some originality with this film, but not so much. The story has been done. This one is a bit different except it has the same conclusion as the one's that have come before it.
The mother is stricken with guilt over the sins she has commited in her past and present. She is in constant denial about the choices her family has made about their own lives and continues to live in this bliss until it all comes crumbling down around her.
The acting was semi good. Nothing to write the award shows about.
So in the end it was just OK for me."
The film is rather diffuse but Kathleen Turner is masterful in her ability to convey this woman's many sides and internal struggle. It's a shame the film that surrounds her isn't more tightly written.More
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