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

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$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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Not Anti-Catholic in the least
3 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) is desperate to be the best Catholic in the neighborhood. So it's great news when she's nominated for Catholic Woman of the year. Except her family is a mess of inappropriateness and she needs to be better than all the rest for the award.

Emily Deschanel plays her pregnant lesbian daughter Shannon. Jason Ritter plays her son Frank Cleary Jr. who left his wife and kids for the beautician next door. And Michael McGrady plays her husband Frank Cleary who can't stand her.

This is not anti-Catholic in my opinion. It is much more anti-competition to see who's the best Catholic. It's the competition that's ugly. The central theme is acceptance. After all, she wins the award even when all is revealed.

Kathleen Turner's character is too harsh and unlikeable. It's hard to watch sometimes. However, it was nice to watch her character grow.


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