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Perfect Parents (2006)

After a violent incident in Lucy's public school, her atheist parents Stuart and Alison decide to find her a safe 'traditional' school. The only one they can afford is St. Mary of the Veil,... See full summary »

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After a violent incident in Lucy's public school, her atheist parents Stuart and Alison decide to find her a safe 'traditional' school. The only one they can afford is St. Mary of the Veil, run by nuns whose 'preference' for Catholic families is de facto exclusivity, given the waiting list. So they pose as devout, and get his murky mate Eddie to find them a priest they can 'bribe' for a parish reference, while Lucy is genuinely converted. It works, but when Stuart overhears a dark secret things take a tragic turn. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 December 2006 (UK)  »

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Padres perfectos  »

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Good First Half
24 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perfect parents, Stewart and Alison have a dilemma regarding their ten year old daughter, Lucy, who has just witnessed a knife fight at her school. They come up with the idea to transfer her to a highly regarded Catholic school in the neighborhood. A priest agrees to assist them in their tale of deception, even to the point of tutoring Lucy on the rituals and many prayers of the ancient Roman religion. Mom and dad must also learn to fake their devotion to the Mother Church, for an impending interview with an intense principal who is in charge of admissions to the school. The problem is that they are atheists. So far, so good, an interesting storyline from writer-director Joe Ahearne. The coaching scenes are hilarious, as the three non adherents learn the can and cannot dos of the one true church of my childhood. The first half is entertaining as hell(pun intended). Unfortunately, Ahearne goes off the rails in the second half, with a complicated, convoluted, and unrealistic plot which killed a promising start. I would have kept it simple, but the filmmaker thought otherwise. 5/10 for the first half.


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