THE PERFECT FAMILY
Politically Correct Family Values
Release Date: May 04, 2012
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Emily
Chamberlain, Jason Ritter,
Michael McGrady, Elizabeth
Peña, Sharon Lawrence,
Kristen Dalton, Michael Scott
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 84 minutes
Distributor: Variance Films
Director: Anne Renton
Executive Producer: Connie Cummings, Anne Renton,
Producer: Jennifer Dubin, Cora Olson
Writer: Paula Goldberg, Claire V.
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The story follows Eileen, a middle-aged Cincinnati Catholic woman who’s ritualistically devout in her faith. Eileen constantly volunteers in her church in every possible way and constantly prays daily after Mass. Her priest informs her she’s been nominated for Catholic woman of the year, but it hinges on the priest and bishop meeting Eileen’s seemingly devout family. The problem is, her daughter is homosexual, pregnant, and living with her girlfriend. Also, her son has decided to divorce his wife and pursue a new relationship against Church teachings.
Eileen throws herself into a philosophy of works-based goodness, ramping up the amount of good deeds she can do to a near-constant level, yet barely speaking to her own family. As Eileen’s daughter undergoes a miscarriage and her husband asks to separate and moves out to the firehouse where he works as a fireman, Eileen ultimately realizes she should just admit her life and family aren’t perfect. [SPOILERS FOLLOW] This honest admission wins her the award anyway. In the end, however, she’s gone to the other extreme of philosophy and embraces her son and daughter, warts and all, as if the Catholic Church, and Christians in general, truly are crazy for having moral standards against abortion or homosexuality, and in favor of abstinence before marriage. Eileen’s decision to change comes about for the wrong reasons: to excuse her own past abortion and excuse the sins of her children.
THE PERFECT FAMILY is shot well and presented with warm emotion. In actually, however, it has a cold, callous attitude towards traditional, conservative Catholics and Christians. Its insidious embrace of sin and casting aside any traditional values at the end trumps the mild spirit and the embrace of conservative characters earlier in the story.
THE PERFECT FAMILY is an abhorrent, politically correct attack on biblical standards and the Christian churches or denominations that uphold them.
THE PERFECT FAMILY is shot well and presented with heartfelt warm emotion. However, the emotion is designed mostly (if not solely) to make politically correct points against devout Christians and church teachings. In reality, it has a cold, callous attitude toward devout Christians. The ending’s insidious embrace of sin and attack on biblical values undercuts the apparent earlier embrace of conservative characters. THE PERFECT FAMILY is an abhorrent, politically correct attack on biblical standards.