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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material

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24 April 2011 (USA)  »

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A tökéletes család  »

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

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Intellectually dishonest.
8 July 2013 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

One of the worst, most intellectually dishonest and ignorant movies I've ever wasted time on. The "characters" are caricatures, the plot relies on clichés from beginning to end, the ignorance about the Catholic Church borders on bigotry, the ending is so contrived, yet so predictable, and the talents of some very good actors are wasted in this miserable "comedy".

"Enlightened" religion apparently condones adultery, abortion and homosexual relationships. A "Catholic" priest presides at a gay wedding, the Archbishop of Dublin travels to California to present the Catholic mother of the year award and give the winner "absolution" forever - ah come on. What makes this movie especially reprehensible is the portrayal of the mother as morally obtuse, rigid and hypocritical because she herself had an abortion and can't deal with her own guilt. I have known many parents concerned about their children who do not deal with them the way this "Catholic" mother does. But the movie is not concerned with real people: it's interested in a message communicated in stereotypes.

It could have been so much better, had it been much more true-to-life and honest. It's propaganda masquerading as "entertainment".

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