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Perfect Sisters (2014)

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Tired of their mother's alcoholism and a string of her abusive boyfriends, two sisters plot to kill her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda / Perfect Mom
Justin (as Jeff C. Ballard)
Caleb Pederson ...
Braden Pederson ...
Ed Sutton ...
Robert Huculak ...


On January 18, 2003, police, alerted by a frantic 911 call from a distraught pair of teenage girls, arrived at the girls Toronto area town house to find their mother dead. It appeared the 44-year-old alcoholic, having slipped into a booze-and-pill stupor, drowned in her own bathwater. The death was ruled accidental by the authorities. In the months that followed, however, police were alerted to rumours and reports that the teenagers had been gossiping to friends about the accident. Police began piecing together rumours that suggested the teens might have had a hand in their mother's death. In fact, rather than an accident, the story that emerged portrayed the two teens as cold-blooded, premeditated killers. Written by Anonymous

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Being a teenager can be murder.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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7 October 2014 (Netherlands)  »

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In one theatrical poster, Sandra, Beth, Justin, and Ashley are shown standing over Linda's grave but the actual scene in the film replaces Sandra with Aunt Martha. See more »


While they are playing poker in the apartment, the amount of drink in Ashley's cup changes from shot to shot. See more »


[first lines]
Beth Anderson: Ever since I can remember, it was always my sister and me against the big bad world.
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References Twilight (2008) See more »


You & I
Written and Performed by Christopher Ward
Courtesy of Westward Film Music
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Not So Perfect
14 December 2016 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Toronto teenager Abigail Breslin (as Sandra Anderson) and her year-younger sister Georgie Henley (as Elizabeth "Beth" Anderson) are also best friends. They have a big problem in common, too, alcoholic mother Mira Sorvino (as Linda). Not only does she drink like a fish, Ms. Sorvino has a succession of bad boyfriends. The girls can't keep track of them all. From the evidence we see in this story, it's safe to presume most of the men liked to smack Sorvino around and attempt sex with her daughters. There is also a neglected little brother. Yes, this is a wildly dysfunctional family. Speaking four different languages, including one they created for themselves, Ms. Breslin and Ms. Henley are easily smart enough to generate some good problem-solving strategies...

Well, maybe not...

This is another "based on a true story" movie which seems to suffer under the influence. It's sometimes difficult to believe the characters would act like this, in real life. There should be enough material on screen to make the story more believable. Director Stan Brooks does best in conveying the closeness of the "Perfect Sisters". There is a strong background-setting opening and the pair are often positioned in sync. Henley certainly wins the acting honors. The most believable of the three leading women, she effectively applies Gothic make-up to hide her pain. Older sister Breslin's adoption of her mother's habits may be more common, but's it's less convincing. Sorvino's mother portrayal is too poorly defined and the actress' attempted characterization is wasted...

Of the supporting men, Jeff C. Ballard (as Justin) is the stand-out, due to his screen time and distracting eye make-up. While Henley's vampire-look helped us understand her character, Mr. Ballard's mascara runs the imagination rampant. Abusive lawyer James Russo (as Steve Bowman) is a standard heel. Instead of wildly shaking the camera, Mr. Brooks and photographer Stephanie Weber-Biron keep it smooth. During rough spots, like the boozy card game and a bathtub scene, they skillfully move around the characters. While the minor strengths are appreciated, the story responds by not adequately involving the viewer.

**** Perfect Sisters (4/8/2014) Stan Brooks ~ Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino, Jeff C. Ballard

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