The Perfect Family 2012 PG-13 CC

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Kathleen Turner plays a pushy mom trying to turn her husband and two grown kids into 'The Perfect Family.'

Starring:
Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes

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The Perfect Family

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Anne Renton
Starring Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel
Supporting actors Jason Ritter, Michael McGrady, Shannon Cochran, Sharon Lawrence, Angelique Cabral, Richard Chamberlain, Elizabeth Peña, Gregory Zaragoza, Kristen Dalton, Laura Cerón, Scott Michael Campbell, Hansford Rowe, Rebecca Wackler, June Squibb, Bess Meisler, Mandy June Turpin, Michael Andrew Stock, Andre Wacemberg
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This was a very funny movie.
ChrisCros
It's about the reconciliation between religion and the realities of life and family.
David Reed
I have to admit - story line was boring and I never finished watching this movie.
Janner

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Judith Agee on May 4, 2012
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Anne Renton's {her directorial debut}The Perfect Family is a solid and well made film. There are cliches and some obvious moments, but the performances of Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and a very fine supporting cast rise above the cliches. Eileen Cleary, a devout catholic is nominated for an award, Catholic Woman of the Year. Her subsequent soul-searching, and efforts to make her not so perfect family perfect is the seam that holds this family drama together. I found it believable. Having grown up in the catholic church, none of it seemed over the top to me. Emily Deschanel does a fine turn as Shannon Cleary. She has several really well played scenes with Kathleen Turner. An excellent soundtrack to move the story works really well.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to watch it again.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jah on June 20, 2012
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I saw this film at the Tribeca Film Festival last year with 2 friends and we all loved it. The writers did a fantastic job in coming up with a witty script with a plot that touches most people. Kathleen Turner did an incredible job as the central character in the dysfunctional Cleary family and her delivery was remarkable. Everyone should see this film, you will truly get a great laugh!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michon Javelosa on June 4, 2012
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I recently saw The Perfect Family with my "Perfect Family" and LOVED it!
The characters rang true and the dialogue was fantastic.
I can't wait to own this on DVD. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Reed on May 10, 2012
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The Perfect Family is a heartfelt movie. It's about the reconciliation between religion and the realities of life and family. The two can go together with acceptance and love. The message is clear, I think: accept things for what they are and let God sort it out. To me, Kathleen Turner's character didn't become a true Catholic until she stopped trying to be the "perfect" Catholic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2012
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Beginners Anne Renton, director, and Paula Goldberg and Claire V. Riley, writers, had a good idea when framing this story about a mother's bigotry hidden under the cloak of Catholicism, and the film could have been extremely pertinent in today's milieu of the President's sanctioning of same sex marriage. The problem is the script is so weak and pasted together that it gives very little weight to the actors to bring off the message that could have been important. Yes, some viewers may rile that the film is anti-Catholic but it is not - it is just anti-prejudice.

Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner, crippled by a weak script until the very end of the film), a woman who devotes 98 % of her life to tending to her church duties and caring for the elderly who are house bound and other good Christian deeds, has been nominated as Catholic Woman of the year: the other nominee is Agnes Dunn (Sharon Lawrence), an almost equal do-gooder - both nominated by Monsignor Murphy (Richard Chamberlain). Eileen's family must be approved for the award and that is when the balloon of Eileen's glee seems to pop: her husband Frank (Michael McGrady) is an alcoholic who has been sober 15 years and must attend AA meetings; her son Frank, Jr (Jason Ritter) has left his wife and family for a manicurist whom he loves; and her daughter Shannon (Emily Deschanel, a successful 30-something lawyer and 5 months pregnant, is about to marry her girlfriend Angela (Angelique Cabral) in a same sex wedding to be performed by Father Joe (Scott Michael Campbell). Eileen is disturbed that Anglea's parents (Elizabeth Peña and Gregory Zaragoza) approve and will host the wedding. Desperate to win the award, Eileen is conflicted between shame over her family and still desiring to do the right thing by them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane McCarathy on September 13, 2013
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This movie was very predictable. It bored us so much that we finally turned it off. I don't recommend it unless you are a fan of Kathleen Turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Lemm on June 4, 2012
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I had the chance to watch "The Perfect Family" this weekend. I was excited to see the film because a friend, Claire V. Riley, had written it, and I tend to prefer these quitter, character based stories.

Claire's film about a devoted Catholic mother (Kathleen Turner) grappling with the Church's possible reaction to her less-than-perfect family (Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel, and Michael McGrady).

I liked that the story touched on some very real day-to-day contemporary issues and dealt honestly with organized religion and the struggles some folks endure when their heart feels one thing and believes another.

A bittersweet comedy, I felt like I could relate to all of the characters, even the ones whose point of view I didn't share. With the exception of a single supporting character who was a little one dimensional, it never felt like the filmmakers resorted to cheap stereotypes to make their specific point known. They let us come to our conclusions on our own.

Congratulations to my friend, Claire. I enjoyed the film and wish her all the best in success with her work.
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"I don't have to think, I'm catholic." Eileen Cleary (Turner) has finally been nominated for Catholic Woman Of The Year and wants to win it badly. She will stop at nothing to win which includes trying to cover up her families choices. She then becomes conflicted as to winning or being a supportive mother. I have to start by saying that after the first half hour I was almost ready to turn this off. I'm not saying that it wasn't good but just really slow and seemed to lack emotion. The more I watched the better it got though and I really liked the ending. For a movie like this the ending was perfect. My biggest problem with this movie is that it seemed to lack real emotion and all the performances seemed flat and phoned in. I'm not sure what it was but I just felt like it was missing something to make me feel for the characters. Overall, a movie with a perfect ending that is worth watching but was lacking any real emotion from the actors. I give it a B-.
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