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Positive Role Models
Lucia seems cold, formal, and stuck-up but transforms into someone warm, caring, and loose.
Spanish movie set in Spain with Spanish actors. Class and socioeconomic differences are juxtaposed. A privileged woman finds her greatest happiness when she loses the financial support of her husband and strikes out on her own. Addresses the way wives are expected to drop their old lives, jobs, and hopes to singlehandedly take on the burdens of child-rearing and housekeeping while husbands go on with their lives undisturbed by the arrival of children. A female bus driver assails a driver who says she drives badly because she's a woman. She sets him straight, to the applause of onlookers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss and have a passionate extramarital one-night stand, most of it off-screen. No nudity.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "bitch," "ass," "hell," "damn," "pee," "suck," and "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Perfect Family is a 2022 Spanish dramedy about a woman who learns that in having become the perfect wife and mother, she has lost herself. Only when the family explodes can she, her husband, son, and in-laws recover themselves and see each other as they are. Given the subject matter, this may not have much appeal for kids. Adults drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and have an extramarital affair (no nudity). Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "bitch," "ass," "hell," "damn," "pee," "suck," and "piss." In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The second half of The Perfect Family is a feel-good antidote to the first, lamer half. Stick-figure characters dominate the early scenes, but all undergo unlikely personality transplants, some morphing from clichés of middle-class crudeness and ignorance to enlightened intelligence, and others from aloof and disconnected wealth to grounded, sympathetic decency. The transformations aren't believable, but at least the people we have before us at the film's end are mostly appealing.
Lucia, played by the luminous Belen Rueda, starts as a critical, controlling, emotionless automaton as she knee-jerk recoils at the coarse ways of her in-laws-to-be. When no longer shackled to that preposterous character, Rueda glows, now embodying the new Lucia, a picture of acceptance, warmth, passion, and understanding. All it took, the filmmakers seem to suggest, was having an affair and cleaning a filthy toilet. Lucia seems far warmer and happier as a working woman than as a privileged housewife and mom, and it's catching. Eventually her family and in-laws change, too, and come together in peace and appreciation. It's not where the movie seemed to be taking us at the start, but it's good that it got us there.
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