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Parents' Guide to

Perfect Sisters

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Murder, booze, drugs in melodramatic true-crime movie.

Movie NR 2014 100 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Definitely not for kids.

This movie is basically for young adults. There’s no way a kid should be exposed to this movie. There’s a scene where the mom, and her boyfriend were either having sex, or about to, and it was disturbing. The exposure to addiction was pretty strong.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

This true story hits home, but is NOT for kids

I loved perfect sisters, for it's realism. It is based on a true story and I first heard about the production a few years ago because I follow Georgie Henley. Both lead actresses pass of very solid performances. It hit home for me as someone coming from an abusive childhood. It truly portrays the emotion that you go through, when being in that kind of situation. This movie would have been rated R, most likely, had it been in major theatres. It is, in my opinion, quality for older and mature teenagers that can sit down with parents and talk about the effects of abuse on children and a family. Despite what the two girls in the film (Sandra and Beth) chose to do is wrong, they are two sisters that have been through the worst and do not leave one another behind. It is a film for a family with older children, that want to learn, and can discuss things with their parents.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Solid acting prevents PERFECT SISTERS from being worse than it is. Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, and Mira Sorvino take an over-the-top and melodramatic screenplay and turn in credible performances, all things considered. However, the secondary characters -- the "mean girl," the "sensitive emo boy," the "kind but stern aunt," "the nice boy who never gets the girl" -- are clichés straight out of pretty much every teen movie from the last 20 years, to say nothing of the overlong teen party scenes in which far too much time is spent on drinking games, pot smoking, and over-served partygoers stumbling around.

Although the movie goes to great lengths to show the horrible home life of these girls, it also inexplicably vacillates between wanting to be a "true crime" movie and a "teen life" movie. Scenes of alcoholic despair and graphic physical abuse are interspersed with attempts at quirkiness with an interlude called "How to Kill Your Mother." Such awkward attempts at trying to appeal to teenagers take away from the actual story. Overall, this is an interesting and very tragic story based on real events, but these real events get drowned out at the expense of attempts at cleverness and movie trickery that at times feels exploitative.

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