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Petunia (2012)

Christine Lahti , Thora Birch , Ash Christian  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christine Lahti, Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Michael Urie, Eddie Kaye Thomas
  • Directors: Ash Christian
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For some families, having a live-in shrink isn t nearly enough. The Petunia family has a storied history of avoiding real feelings: Mom, Felicia, (Christine Lahti) is a therapist who needs a shrink of her own; dad, Percy, (David Rasche) hides his problems under an oblivious and disaffected non-personality; and brothers Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Adrian (Jimmy Heck) are hiding infidelity and sex addiction, respectively. Throw in mean NYC princess Vivian (Thora Birch) for a sister-in-law, and you have Charlie s biggest problem: his crazy family. At first glance, Charlie looks positively Bond-like in his tuxedo but in fact, he is the polar opposite of the suave lady killer. Instead of drinking martinis and living it up, Charlie spends his brother s wedding reception avoiding the dance floor and securing his self-imposed celibacy by snapping the rubber band on his wrist anytime he feels aroused by the formal-wear-clad young men in the room. Charlie finally finds a guy he s willing to break his no sex vow for when he meets and starts dating George McDougal (Michael Urie). But George is hiding something from Charlie his wife (Brittany Snow) and their relationship hits a complicated snag when she returns unexpectedly from a long trip... With super quirky, yet highly sympathetic characters, great acting, and hilariously unpredictable twists and turns, Petunia will make you think about love, life and how family plays a part in who you turned out to be.


Grade: A. Petunia is a beautiful film with beautifully flawed people living out imperfect lives as perfectly as they can. I loved this film. --The Independent Critic

A stunning Woody Allen-esque rendering of urban self-absorption, a modern-day period piece about New York City.. Is sure to have you laughing the whole way through. --Frontiers LA

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The television (PBS) psychologist John Bradshaw, PhD, once quipped, 98% of American families are dysfunctional--and the other 2% is in denial. From what I have observed of my own 'family' and others, that seems about right. The family Petunia seems downright well-adjusted compared to my family (e.g., after decades of deceit, I just learned the man who 'raised' me--and abused me emotionally and physically--is/was NOT my biological father, that explains the abuse). The Petunia family seems to face their crises head-on, without flinching and then set about to try and bring some comfort and solace through honest communication, intervention and effort. While uplifting, that may be a bit Pollyanna in reality. However, in the film's defense of taking this approach, the mother in the film is, after all, a psychologist--so that does have a certain ring of truth and one can fully understand how this approach might happen. I thought Eric Urie was absolutely delightful. That kind of ambiguous, unsure sexuality is so appealing--on screen! In real life, I would hate to be the person(s), involved with someone who moves on the sexual continuum without a real sense of the impact of their ambiguity on others. This character via Urie's performance, doesn't knowingly or willingly inflict pain--it is just the collateral damage of being what and who he is at a particular point in time. In the case of Urie's character, he does find resolution, but who really knows. Lahti, Rasche and the others all deliver fine performances. Dysfunction handled in this dark comedy manner really succeeds without bringing us so down, we can't look-up. However, there are films that tackle dysfunction on a downward trajectory without any humor and don't look back--think American Beauty, Ordinary People, Imaginary Heroes or the Ice Storm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One kooky film! January 23, 2014
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This is truly one crazy but after another I love love loved it and you will too. This film is so crazy funny you'll have to switch it over and over again to catch the little amazing things:-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a gem December 24, 2013
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I have to say that I got this movie for Christine Lahti, she is always great. As it turns out, the entire cast is superb and the story is amazing on a lot of levels. I give high marks to all the actors. Kudos to the actors who play both her sons. Spectacular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are we all not a little dysfunctional? March 23, 2014
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I have been wanting to see this movie for awhile and I am glad I finally did. I laughed from beginning to end. It is dark and funny and silly...that is entertainment. That is it's entertain. The production quality and sound were superb. The acting was great. What more do you want from a silly comedy?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straddles the line between good and terrible January 29, 2014
As we watched this movie, I was concerned that this was going to be one of those films where everyone is odd to an unrealistic degree and there's really no story. But my attitude towards it softened in that there was at least resolution of the plotlines (there are a few) in the end and parts of it are rather thought-provoking. It's a family drama that won't convert you if you don't like family dramas (or stories about dysfunctional families), but if you can see the entertainment value in dysfunction, there is something to like here. It's worth a viewing if you feel open to watching a film that is low on action and high on internal conflict.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars La familia! September 29, 2013
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Quirky fun. Could be a screen adaption of Broadway. Resolves issues of sexual identities despite confused desires and best intentions.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good August 20, 2013
A great indie that follows a modern family and their attempts to navigate the trials and tribulations associated with living within the modern condition. Even though this movie kept my attention throughout, I thought that there were some scenes in particular that absolutely blew my mind. You won't regret sitting down to watch this under-appreciated film.
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