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The Perfect Family (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 April 2011 (USA)
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A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church's top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the "perfect" family, refusing to accept them for who they are.



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Theresa Henessy
Father Joe
Bishop Donnelly
Sister Joan


Eileen Cleary has just been nominated for Catholic Woman of the year when her family drop a bombshell. Over the dinner table she discovers that not only is her son leaving his wife and children for the local beautician, but her daughter is 5 months pregnant and about to marry her girlfriend. Desperate to win the award, Eileen is conflicted between shame over her family and still desiring to do the right thing by them. Unable to accept either of their choices her family begins to splinter, with even her husband threatening to leave. Ultimately this is a feel-good movie and Eileen proves herself to be a person worthy of both the award and her family. Written by Ida Raine

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She has nothing to hide. Except her family.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material

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24 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tökéletes család  »

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$14,301 (USA) (4 May 2012)


$107,721 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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Eileen Cleary: I don't have to think! I'm Catholic!
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Written by Simon Perry, and Dave Thomas Junior
Performed by Dave Thomas Junior
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A film about what it means to be a REAL Catholic
19 December 2013 | by (Perth) – See all my reviews

As a person raised in a strict Catholic community it warmed my heart to see this movie. I wish it was shown at every Catholic church in the world because the acceptance and forgiveness in this movie is more in keeping with the teachings of Christ than the hate that is spewed by the sheep in his name. How anyone could think this is anti-catholic when it is all about what it means to be a real follower of Jesus and about God's love for all his creations. The only unbelievable thing was that the mother would be able to forgive herself and accept her children when the reality is many Catholics will reject and harm their children rather than question their self-serving dogma.

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