The Perfect Family

Saturday, October 01 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

The Perfect Family

JOY REVIEW

The Perfect Family stars Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth Pena and Richard Chamberlain, but this is really Kathleen Turner’s movie. And when you first see her — let me be completely politically incorrect — she does not look like the beautiful Kathleen Turner of Body Heat, but in some way, the voice is still the same and the energy is still the same, and to a certain extent, I know this is not going to sound very flattering but I think it’s really true, that not being beautiful has really freed her to be a much better actress, I think, then she ever was before. And her mannerisms somehow seem much less eccentric and much more like a real person. This is a story of a woman who has seemingly dedicated her life to the Catholic Church. It turns out that she’s being nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year against her old-time nemesis left over from high school, and she’s got the inside track because Richard Chamberlain thinks she’s terrific. I think he’s terrific. And the Archbishop of Dublin is actually coming to offer dispensation for all sins, which she desperately wants, and we don’t know exactly why, because her sins seem pretty minor until the very end. Her husband is too good to be true, he’s lovely in this. His name is       Michael McGrady. She has a daughter who is a lesbian who’s pregnant, and a son who has impregnated his high school girlfriend and is now having an affair with an older woman who’s a manicurist. Not exactly the perfect family, but this is really a surprisingly touching movie. Three and a half stars.

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