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Every once in awhile an independent film comes along that presents a story that gets your attention and sticks with you after the show.  The script and the director allow the actors to develop their characters into people you can relate to.  The end result is a picture that you will want to pay to see again. 

Examples of recent movies like this include “Win Win” and  “Little Miss Sunshine”.  Each one of these films features veteran actors who liked the script and wanted in on the project.  There is a new movie, starring Kathleen Turner as well Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter that struck a chord like Win Win, it is called “The Perfect Family”.

The story is one we can all relate to, everyone has an image of what a perfect family would look like and then there is your real family.  Kathleen Turner plays suburban mom Eileen Cleary who is a devote Catholic (you can insert most religions here).  The story starts when she’s nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish.   Part of the nomination process includes introducing her family to the church board for their approval.

This is where Eileen Cleary begins to see her family as they really are.  That process of discovery is funny at times and painful.  Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), is about to marry her life partner. Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is having an affair with the local manicurist. And Eileen’s own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is on the rocks. 

I do not want to give away the rest of the story, I would urge you to attend a local screening or you can order this movie on demand through your local cable or satellite provider starting Friday May 4, 2012.  For more information on theater release dates go to: (


Full Disclosure: Connie Cummings, founder of the Foundation for Global Humanity, is the executive producer of The Perfect Family.  My views on the movie are my own.