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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Cleary
Mary Donovan
Angela Reyes
Christina Reyes
Louis Reyes
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material

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Release Date:

24 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tökéletes család  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,301, 6 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$107,721, 17 June 2012
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At 30 minutes, in Shannon's apartment, Eileen hears 'big news'. In most of the shots of Eileen you see that the tip of her necklace is placed under her shirt, except ones. The tip of her necklace is placed over her shirt. See more »


Eileen Cleary: I don't have to think! I'm Catholic!
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Hilarious, but...you have to be catholic to get it
3 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

and that's just not cool for all the non catholics out there not getting half the movie. Still, hilarious! My advice: get a catholic friend to watch it with you and guide you through. It will probably become a 5 hour long movie/documentary/commentary piece/ice cream marathon. But it will be all worth... This flix felt literally like home. The plot, the direction and the acting are just fine. There is no reason for bashing it. No, wait, there is but you "have to" in the "must" sense have been raised catholic and still be a vatican newsletter non-subscriber. Like we say back home: "it takes a bad catholic to see a good one" or is the other way round? Peace.

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