The Perfect Family (2012)
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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
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as Eileen Cleary
as Frank Cleary
as Frank Jr.
as Monsignor Murphy
as Mary Donovan
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
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.
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.
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.
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....
"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.
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