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The Perfect Family | 2012 | PG-13 | - 4.4.3

A devout Catholic wife and mother (Kathleen Turner) has been nominated for "Catholic Woman of the Year" but as she goes through the motions required to win the award, she almost loses what is most important to her -- her family. Also with Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain and Elizabeth Pena. Directed by Anne Renton. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman kisses another woman, running her hands down the woman's chest and then touching her pregnant stomach. Two women are seen lying in bed, fully clothed, and one of the women wraps her arms around the other. A woman stares lovingly at another woman, and they hug and kiss on the cheek. A woman wraps her arms around another woman and sits on her lap. A man and a woman kiss. A man winks at his wife after staring at her behind, and the woman disregards his advances as he tries to grab her to kiss her. Two women kiss on the cheek. Men and women kiss on the cheek in greeting.
 A woman shows another woman a picture of her teenage daughter's back and the teen girl is wearing a mid-drift exposing shirt. Throughout the movie a woman wears very tight dresses, she is also seen wearing two cleavage-exposing tops.
 A man shouts that his sister is pregnant with a "turkey baster baby" and then shouts that she is having a "gayby" as his mother and father pull him away. A woman refers to her pregnant daughter's baby as a "turkey baster baby." A man tells a woman that she should not have made her son marry someone after he got her pregnant. A man brings up to his mother that "one night" with a woman had gotten her pregnant when they were teens. A woman implies guilt to a woman, showing her the nail polish "harlot red" after she discovers her married son is dating the woman. A woman chides her married adult son for dating another woman. Two women discuss a story they had heard where a woman hid money from her alcoholic husband inside a feminine cleansing devise.
 A woman stares at a large displayed photograph of two women with their arms around one another.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - It is implied that a woman has a miscarriage; we see the woman in a hospital bed as another woman sits next to her, crying, and we later see the women mourning with the parents. We see a woman in a hospital bed, surrounded by men and women who comfort her after the woman experienced spotting during her pregnancy (we then see the woman on bed rest).
 A woman kicks her adult brother under the table and a woman tells them to stop arguing. A man shouts at his mother. A woman shouts angrily at her husband. A woman shouts at her adult daughter. A woman shouts at her mother and the woman begins to cry as her mother tries to comfort her. A woman panics and shouts at her adult daughter for leaving her ordered bed rest, saying that she might be hit in the stomach by a baseball. A woman chides her adult son, saying that his actions could lead to his father straining his back. A woman panics as she drives on the highway.
 A woman explains to her adult daughter that she had an abortion because she was worried her husband was leaving her, and as a complication of the abortion she began to have hemorrhaging and was forced to have an emergency hysterectomy. A man tells a woman that he knew she had an abortion because he had been told that she was hemorrhaging and needed to have an emergency hysterectomy; the man adds that the woman bled for hours while people were looking for him, adding that she might have died.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 2 mild scatological terms, 2 mild anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (like a shark, idiot, bag lady, jerk, obese, crazy, "Miss I-Have-A-Gay-Big-Brother"), 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man falls to the ground and is completely drunk while he shouts and slurs his words and his father grabs him and carries him into another room, throughout the movie we see men and women drinking wine, a woman frequently mentions that her husband is a "drunk" and we hear the man frequently discussing how he is a recovering alcoholic, and two women discuss a story they had heard where a woman hid money from her alcoholic husband inside a feminine cleansing devise.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family values, alcoholism, shame, Catholicism, fidelity in a marriage, leaving one's spouse, pregnancy, disappointment, abortion, miscarriages, acceptance, tolerance.

MESSAGE - No family is perfect, but you love your family anyway.

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