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The Perfect Daughter (2016)

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A single father struggles to come to terms with his increasingly distant 15 year old daughter after she loses control at a high school party.


Brian Herzlinger


Brian McAuley



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Credited cast:
Brady Smith ... Martin Parish
Sadie Calvano ... Natalie Parish
Reiley McClendon ... Sam Cahill
Johann Urb ... Nick
Blaine Saunders ... Tess
Parker Stevenson ... Bruce Cahill
Meredith Salenger ... Julie Cahill
Lorynn York ... Kalie (as Lauren York)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Corbett ... Ed
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Woodrow
Teresa De Fonte Teresa De Fonte ... Hospital Receptionist
Neely Gurman Neely Gurman ... Law Firm Receptionist
Juliette Hing-Lee ... Doctor Lee
Patrick Johnson ... Hanson Carter
Drew Rausch ... Detective Schaffer


A single father struggles to come to terms with his increasingly distant 15 year old daughter after she loses control at a high school party.

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5 September 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Carpenter's Daughter See more »

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Title changed from "The Carpenter's Daughter" to "The Perfect Daughter". See more »

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Little Girls Grow Up
11 July 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Carpenter and single dad Brady Smith (as Martin Parish) is happy when daughter Sadie Calvano (as Natalie Parish) wins an election for student council treasurer. This could help the cute and increasingly popular Ms. Calvano win a college scholarship. Being a straight "A" student will help, too. Calvano also wins the attention of her high school's star ice hockey jock Reiley McClendon (as Samuel "Sam" Cahill). Very quickly, father and daughter have to face issues like teenage drinking and sex. "The Perfect Daughter" may not be so perfect, after all...

This drama focuses more on how father Smith deals with his daughter's problems. There is some background involving the missing mother, who wasn't perfect, either. She had a boyfriend and was willing to leave her family and shack up at a "Pink Motel" somewhere. The missing mother's perfectly trimmed, model-like brother Johann Urb (as Nicky Barnes) works for Smith. The younger man is introduced after having a sexual liaison with a married blonde. So, there is a hint the Barnes "side of the family" is slutty. In contrast, father Smith appears chaste...

Also in the cast is former 1970s TV "Hardy Boy" Parker Stevenson. He is both Smith's boss and the hockey player's father. Director Brian Herzlinger and writer Brian McAuley do their best in scenes with Smith and Calvano, showing both their increasing distance and strong bond. The father-daughter relationship seems real. Scenes in the school setting are more routine. At one point, an accusation of rape is made; to accuse falsely, if that is the case, should be treated more seriously. And, the ending refuses to explicitly state a decision made by Calvano...

Finally, it must be declared that the "neatly trimmed beard" look is now in vogue for TV movie men. You see it on leading man Brady Smith along with supporting actors Parker Stevenson and Johann Urb. You also see the "neatly trimmed beard" on men in commercials. Understandably, this does not apply to high schoolers; shaving is necessary to play the younger age. This is great news because the "perfectly plucked eyebrows" look is (and was) very distracting. They may still pluck the eyebrows, but the "neatly trimmed beard" helps off-set the eye brows.

***** The Perfect Daughter (3/26/2016) Brian Herzlinger ~ Brady Smith, Sadie Calvano, Reiley McClendon, Parker Stevenson

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