The Perfect Family

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  • Summary: In The Perfect Family, suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish-an award she has coveted for years-her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal ofIn The Perfect Family, suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish-an award she has coveted for years-her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon, a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela. Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen's own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams. (Variance Films) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 4, 2012
    75
    Make no mistake, though: The Perfect Family is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 2, 2012
    65
    It's still a kick to watch Kathleen Turner don a housedress and trade soothing pieties with Richard Chamberlain. The Perfect Family feels like it could have been more than that, but I suppose counting its blessings is the more Christian thing to do.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Apr 28, 2012
    60
    Watching a consummate pro like Turner navigate an uneven script, veering from farcical determination, her cheeks puffed like those of a demented chipmunk, to utter devastation, can be immensely entertaining, particularly when she's backed by an able cast, as she is here.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 3, 2012
    40
    While they have all the materials needed for a sharp satire, they're too timid to arrive at any real revelations.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 10, 2012
    40
    The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 3, 2012
    40
    The dialogue in the film, directed by Anne Renton from a screenplay by Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg, has the loud, mechanical clicketyclack of a 40-year-old episode of "All in the Family."
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Semerene
    May 3, 2012
    25
    Having the far from goody-goody Kathleen Turner play a holier-than-thou mother bent on winning a devout church title is an inherently hilarious premise.

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