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The Perfect Family 2012

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

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Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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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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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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You will either love it or hate it - if the latter then you did not understand it. I laughed, I cried, and then did both at the same time. It is not anti-Catholic unless your shoes are too tight. It is anti-religious in a positive way (rules-rules-rules). It is truly Christian if you know what being a true Christian is - that is. The nuances are over the top and you find more with each viewing. A pity so many reviewers were compelled to give away the script - they had nothing to say so they just said a lot - they would truly make a dinner party one from hell.
THIS IS AN ACTION MOVIE FROM THE GET-GO - NEVER A DULL MOMENT - AND YOU MAY BE EXHAUSTED WHEN IT IS OVER - KAPEESH!
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This movie seems to be a bit underground as reflected by the lack of media attention...perhaps because it gently parodies devout Catholics and the Catholic church hierarchy. But the movie shows what really matters; not saying 100 Hail Mary's but instead showing love and compassion. No family is perfect and this movie is saying "that's ok," in a really funny and poignant way. We don't know what's going on inside other people's families, especially the seemingly "perfect" ones. This movie redefines "perfect."
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By j-man on September 19, 2012
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A few laughs but I need more than a few to give a good rating. Loosely written and KT can't carry the whole thing. She misses her mark. Maybe my expectations were too much since her early movies. Watchable but not too much of a movie.
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