Suburban supermom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner) is the ultimate Catholic, and when she’s nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish, it looks like she’s about to get the plaque to prove it. Only one final test remains—introducing her family to the church board for the seal of approval.

Now, she must finally face the truth about her nonconformist family—a truth she has been glossing over for years. 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 pulling at the seams….

This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award® nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale, and writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect.



The Perfect Family. These words consistently evoke a snicker when I am asked the title of my film in conversation, which I really love. The truth is we can probably all relate to the imperfections, struggles and triumphs that define our “not so perfect” perfect families. The story I have chosen to tell is a messy slice of life comedy-drama about ordinary people struggling to connect. We have the opportunity to take a dive into their lives, laugh and cry with them and hold compassion for the tightly held external façade unraveling right before our main character’s eyes. Sometimes we may even see ourselves in one of them.

I wanted a film with strong emotions, solid characters and a relatable story. Kathleen Turner embraced the role of the protagonist, Eileen Cleary with great depth and an exquisite attention to detail. It was a dream to work with her. We were equally fortunate with the rest of the incredibly talented cast that came on board the project. The filmmaking journey can be a deeply personal one for the director and actors and luckily on this film it proved to also be an extremely collaborative effort. I am grateful to all the actors, crew and supporters who saw this film to the end. My producers held such a supportive space and played an integral part in the creation of this film. It could not have happened without them. In a sense everyone involved in the film became “the little family that could” together, proving yet again there are many definitions of family.

My hope is that The Perfect Family encourages us to glance at our own imperfections and judgments for a moment and acknowledge differences among us as a phenomenon to embrace rather than to reject. This is often easier said than done particularly when someone individuates and begins expressing a truth that doesn’t vibe so much with the family unit or with the views and beliefs of the more global community.

Many of us have been there. I sure have. It’s scary, enlightening, unraveling and empowering. Unfortunately, often all at the same time! As a famous philosopher succinctly said “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”

-Anne Renton


“Perfect Day”  

Written by Steven Stern & Ted Greenberg

Published by Seven Mile Lane Music & Hatton Road Music

Performed by Steven Stern & Ted Greenberg

Courtesy of Selectracks


“I Know You’re Mine” 

Written by Justin Tapp

Published by Seven Mile Lane Music

Courtesy of Selectracks


“You’re Mine” Written by Dan Book, Alexei Misoul & Scott Stallone

Published by Seven Mile Lane Music & Hatton Road Music



Performed by: April Smith and the Great Picture Show

Written by: April Lynn Smith, Label: Little Roscoe

Publisher: Little Roscoe administered Domino Publishing Company of America, Inc.

Album: Songs For A Sinking Ship


“Big Bird in a Small Cage”  

Performed by Patrick Watson

Written and Composed by Patrick Watson, Mikhail Stein, Robbie Kuster and Simon Angell

Published by Intrigue Music, LLC and Secret City Publishing

Licensed courtesy of Secret City Records



Written by Dave Thomas Junior

Published by Copyright Control administered by Archangel Media Worldwide LLC

Performed by U4L Featuring Aaron Thomas

Courtesy of Selectracks


“La Tronica”  

Written by Stuart Hart, Evan Miller & Scott Paddock

Published by Seven Mile Lane Music

Performed by Stuart Hart and The Inner Voice

Courtesy of Selectracks


“Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major” 

Written by Johann Pachelbel Arranged by Andrew Kaiser


“Twenty Four Seven”

 Written by Dino Jag La Vista

Published by House of Wow Performed by Dino Jag

Courtesy of Selectracks/Mother West,

Courtesy of Dave Thomas Junior, by arrangement with Nettwerk Music Group


“Gone Away”  

Written by Lucy Schwartz and Kia Colton

Courtesy of Fortunate Fool Records by arrangment with Nettwerk Music Group


“Mozart Quintet in Eb”  

Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Published by Thomas J Valentino Inc. Arranged by Marcel G. Frank

Courtesy of Selectracks/Valentino


“Someone Else’s Life”

Written and performed by Joshua Radin

Published by Joshua Radin at Glass Bead Music /BMI

Courtesy of Columbia Records, By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing


“All Right” Writer: Andrew Kaiser Publisher: Blue Soup Records


Score Composed and Produced by ANDREW KAISER