November 6, 2008

Perfect Parents

How far would you go to get your child into a good school?

When I first set up my own Netflix profile, I looked first for actors that I knew and liked. One of them is Christopher Eccleston and one of his movies is called Perfect Parents. It's about a couple who want to get their daughter into a private Catholic school. The school gets many more applications than it can handle, so they have to lie and forge documents to even have a chance. The family is atheist though, so this is a pretty big stretch. Lucy, their daughter, gets in but at what price?

I had read the blurb but it wasn't clear if the parents just weren't Catholic or if they had no religious affiliation. It also didn't get very good reviews, so I wasn't expecting much. I was wrong. I can barely stand to watch it, I'm on the edge of my seat. I don't think I could do it, send my child to a Catholic school. I'm glad I have more options, but to actually pretend to be a Catholic? It makes me feel a little ill. Their daughter likes the ritual of it and so far they are handling it very well. I think I might have freaked out by now. I'm only halfway done but I had to write something about it. Eccleston is just awesome and the mom is played by Susannah Harker (Jane from P&P with Colin Firth).

I had to pause it so I could write this down, sure hope they don't end up Catholic in the end.

Oh my! It got convoluted right after I got back. I won't ruin it, but it's a great movie. I have to say I would have turned myself in. It got way out of hand.

The characters are terrific. The ones you want to hate, turn out to be fairly decent and vice versa. I do have one big peeve though. The parents, the atheists, seem very concerned with themselves for the most part. They have their good moments but I would have expected them to have a higher respect for truth and doing what is right because it is right.

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