The Perfect Family

2012

The Perfect Family

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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

Cast

Kathleen Turner
as Eileen Cleary
Michael McGrady
as Frank Cleary
Jason Ritter
as Frank Jr.
Richard Chamberlain
as Monsignor Murphy
Shannon Cochran
as Mary Donovan
Sharon Lawrence
as Agnes Dunn
Elizabeth Peña
as Christina Reyes
Gregory Zaragoza
as Louis Reyes
Kristen Dalton
as Theresa Henessy
Laura Cerón
as Carmelita
Hansford Rowe
as Bishop Donnelly
Rebecca Wackler
as Sister Joan
June Squibb
as Mrs. Punch
Bess Meisler
as Greta Russert
Mandy June Turpin
as Susan O'Connor
Joe Holt
as Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Family

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  • 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.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • At the most fundamental level, as a work of entertainment, it fails. Scenes meander pointlessly, beginning and ending without any change or story movement.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    May 4, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
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  • "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.

    May 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Family

  • Sep 10, 2013
    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....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2012
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2012
    "<i><b>The Perfect Family</i></b> 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."

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