Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Perfect Family Movie Review
The Perfect Family Shockya.com Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Director: Anne Renton (‘Love Is Short’) Starring: Kathleen Turner (‘Peggy Sue Got Married,’ TV’s ‘Friends’), Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter People at times can become so caught up in appearing successful in their personal and professional lives to the outside world that they often neglect to strongly evaluate the differences and imperfections plaguing their families. It can take even the most seemingly perfect event that their families’ opinions greatly differ on to force them to truly acknowledge and embrace their relatives’ true personalities. Such is the case with the main character, Eileen Cleary, in first-time feature film director Anne Renton’s new comedy-drama ‘The Perfect Family.’ Eileen begins to change her opinions on all areas of life after learning her family’s modern beliefs don’t always match her more conservative ideals. ‘The Perfect Family’ follows Eileen (played by Kathleen Turner), the ultimate Catholic suburban supermom, as her life becomes even more noteworthy when she’s nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish. While Eileen feels like she finally has everything she’s ever wanted, the last test she must pass in order to receive the award is introducing her dysfunctional family to the church board. Eileen must contend with the misgivings about her family that are about to come to light after years of being kept secret. Eileen must learn to cope with her gay daughter, Shannon (portrayed by Emily Deschanel), preparing to marry her partner and have a child. Her unhappily married son, Frank Jr. (played by Jason Ritter), is having an affair with the local manicurist. Eileen’s husband, Frank (portrayed by Michael McGrady), is a recovering alcoholic, and their marriage is falling apart. When Eileen decides to take action to make her family appear perfect, she begins to question what truly makes a family impeccable-how it looks on the outside, or how it feels on the inside. The Academy Award-nominated Turner gave another a notable performance as Eileen, providing a great depth and relatability to her character who strived to embody the roles of the ideal mother, wife and community leader. Turner initially portrayed the character as being devoted to her church and taking whatever means necessary to fulfill her obligations as the quintessential woman dedicated to her familial duties. At first, she’s initially hesitant to fully embrace, let alone acknowledge, the life paths her children and husband have decided to embark on. To continue reading this review, please visit Shockya.
Posted by karenbenardello at 9:46 AM