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‘The Perfect Family’ Mocks Devout Catholics as Unthinking Bigots
Newsbusters ^ | May 2, 2012 | Paul Wilson

Posted on 05/03/2012 3:18:38 PM PDT by NYer

Mockery of religion in general and Catholicism in particular is commonplace in Hollywood– from Showtime’s “The Borgias” to the recent “Three Stooges” movie which features Kate Upton wearing a “nun-kini.” The latest installment of Catholic-bashing, “The Perfect Family,” is slated to come out May 4 – and predictably stereotypes Catholics who believe and practice what their Church teaches as unfeeling busybodies.

The About section for the “The Perfect Family” declares: “Suburban supermom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner) is the ultimate Catholic.” And indeed, the trailer for the movie perfectly reflects Hollywood’s twisted conception of Catholicism. One quote from Turner’s character reflects the view that faithful Catholics are heartless drones: “Well who cares if you’re happy? You’re living in sin!” Another quote is even more explicitly anti-Catholic: “I don’t have to think! I’m a Catholic!”

The plot of “The Perfect Family” is predictable and formulaic. A “devout Catholic” woman, played by Kathleen Turner, is nominated for the “Catholic Woman of the Year” award by her parish. But her “non-traditional”family – a husband who is a recovering alcoholic, a lesbian daughter about to get married to another woman, and a son having an affair – hinders her from attaining that award, which she covets.

Throughout the movie, Turner’s character attempts to “clean up” her family in order to win that award and undercut a rival at the parish. At the end of the movie, she comes to “accept” her family for who they are.

The implication of the movie is obvious: Catholics who dare to follow the teachings of the Church are brainwashed fools who care nothing for the happiness of others.

The command of the Catholic Church to love homosexuals, as expressed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is completely ignored by “The Perfect Family:” “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”

The film is also a work of homosexual advocacy, having been screened at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In an interview with the Huffington Post, “The Perfect Family” director Anne Renton (herself a lesbian) proudly noted that she directed a 2007 film about straight people in a hypothetical world of homosexuals, “Love is Love,” featuring“Glee” actress Jane Lynch.

The overt homosexual activism of “The Perfect Family” was not lost on critics. Variety’s Ronnie Scheib, in his review of the film, wrote: “The pic's main agenda, preaching religious tolerance toward gays, is rarely presented as even remotely humorous.” In his review, Scheib also noted “the pic's graceless lurching from genteel ‘Sister Act’-type humor to impassioned, melodramatic gay-rights advocacy.”

Hollywood’s portrayal of devout Catholics and religious people in general as nasty, unfeeling bigots is becoming increasingly overt – and less and less resembles reality.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catechism; catholic; glbt

1 posted on 05/03/2012 3:18:48 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 05/03/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT by NYer (Open to scriptural suggestions.)
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To: NYer
“Suburban supermom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner) is the ultimate Catholic.”

The fat lady?

3 posted on 05/03/2012 3:24:57 PM PDT by x
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To: NYer

Does Hollywood ever portray muslims as nasty, unfeeling bigots? Just wondering..../s;)


4 posted on 05/03/2012 3:26:54 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: x

I did not want to be the first one to mention it, but Kathleen Turner is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. When she is filming on location they have a double wide trailer just for her.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 3:28:13 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: NYer

A homosexual making a homosexual movie that says that homosexuality is fine. How rare. Sure academy award winner.


6 posted on 05/03/2012 3:28:13 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: NYer

Is there a single show on TV that has not made hateful fun of Christians?


7 posted on 05/03/2012 3:28:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: NYer

Hey this is Kathleen Turner’s second (at least) gig as an unbalanced Catholic mom. She played one in The Virgin Suicides also.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 3:31:04 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: GeronL

“Is there a single show on TV that has not made hateful fun of Christians?”

Yes.
But they made fun of Jews or conservatives of any religion.


9 posted on 05/03/2012 3:31:41 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: NYer

I haven’t detected mockery of Catholicism as such in THE BORGIAS. Frank depictions of the decadence and corruption of the Renaissance-era Vatican and the more or less standard sexploitation that’s a feature of most every cable show, yes, but not mockery of Christian belief or honest practice per se. If I’m wrong I stand ready to be corrected.


10 posted on 05/03/2012 3:39:08 PM PDT by Argus
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To: NYer

Hollywood, again forces good Americans to watch this trash.


11 posted on 05/03/2012 3:40:26 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: NYer

My idea of Kathleen Turner as the perfect Catholic involves her thirty years younger (about the time “Body Heat” came out) and wearing a school uniform.


12 posted on 05/03/2012 3:45:47 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: NYer

I don’t plan on seeing this pile of cr.., but if it’s a perfect homosexual-agenda driven movie, it will also have a homophobe who is secretly a homosexual. That seems to be a favorite theme of a lot of these dopey filmmakers i.e. people who don’t approve of homosexuality are usually fighting off homosexual urges. Yeah, right.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 3:46:36 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: NYer
I'll take this "Perfect Family" -- "The Holy Family"

stained glass from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Wyandotte, Michigan

14 posted on 05/03/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GeronL
Is there a single show on TV that has not made hateful fun of Christians?
"Blue Bloods", starring Tom Sellick.
15 posted on 05/03/2012 3:58:45 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: NYer
Once again, it seems that The Enemy knows the place to attack.

Matthew 5:

10 Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: 12 Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

16 posted on 05/03/2012 4:05:20 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Salvation

That was nice.


17 posted on 05/03/2012 4:36:09 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Thanks.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 4:40:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Not completely true. I haven’t been to a theater since the first Star Wars and don’t miss it a bit. If Hollywood makes some thing I think I might want to watch; I just rent the CD, that way if I don’t like the subliminal message I am not out a ticket price or the cost of purchase. As far as television is concerned, I watch just enough news to know they are all full of crap and wouldn’t know real news if it bit them on the ass.
The net has plenty of choices for news or entertainment, if you are crazy enough to plant your tail in front of a screen for more than an hour a day.


19 posted on 05/03/2012 4:40:59 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: NYer
Here are some more incisive comments about this film by Bill Donohue at "The Catholic League"    ===>    “THE PERFECT FAMILY” SMACKS CATHOLICISM
20 posted on 05/03/2012 4:43:15 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ( "The Church is the pillar and bulwark of the truth." (1 Timothy 3:15))
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To: NYer

All Christians must stand by the Catholics! The Sodom and Gomorrah mob is shaking the doors.


21 posted on 05/03/2012 4:50:52 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GeronL

I’ve been watching Switched at Birth and although religion is mentioned rarely, it isn’t bashed. One character is an atheist and another (one of the teens) has disdain for religion, but it is offset by other characters’ beliefs.

The refreshing thing about the show is that the “father” isn’t portrayed as a bumbling idiot. He is clearly successful at providing for his family, has a respectful relationship with his wife and has stepped in as a positive father figure for his biological daughter.

It’s a little soapy and predictable, and yes, is aimed at teens, but compared to everything else that’s on it’s not bad in the episodes I have seen so far.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 4:51:19 PM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: 5th MEB

May 25th is the 35th anniversary of Star Wars coming out. Celebrate! Rent it and make some pop corn!


23 posted on 05/03/2012 5:24:02 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Argus

My b-i-l is a priest, and he’s really enjoyed watching “The Borgias”. They defied the teachings of the Church in their actions, so telling it like it was with those folks isn’t necessarily ‘Catholic bashing’.


24 posted on 05/03/2012 5:28:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: PrincessB; Morgana

“aimed at teens” these days means it full of sex and crap


25 posted on 05/03/2012 5:53:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 5th MEB

These days I only Korean shows with subtitles it seems.


26 posted on 05/03/2012 5:56:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: NYer

Actually NYER I am big fan of Borgias I been watching since Season 1 it good tell you like this about that Crime Family

Yeah what Kathleen Turner going be as Fat Lady?


27 posted on 05/03/2012 5:56:48 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

Actually NYER I am big fan of Borgias I been watching since Season 1 it good tell you like this about that Crime Family

Yeah what Kathleen Turner going be as Fat Lady?


28 posted on 05/03/2012 5:57:10 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

Actually NYER I am big fan of Borgias I been watching since Season 1 it good tell you like this about that Crime Family

Yeah what Kathleen Turner going be as Fat Lady?


29 posted on 05/03/2012 5:57:35 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SuziQ

OHHH I hear they going deal with Szorina family later on this season in BOrgias going get gooddd I hear that on spoilers LOL!


30 posted on 05/03/2012 5:59:41 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: GeronL

I been watching Spanish soaps on Telemundo I been watching Corzon Vajage aka Braveheart it is good about woman become hitwoman to avenge her family honor


31 posted on 05/03/2012 6:01:36 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

Here is a short 3 episode Korean program about a girl who becomes a killer.

http://www.viki.com/channels/5453-killer-k


32 posted on 05/03/2012 6:15:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
MST3K Pictures, Images and Photos http://youtu.be/LTkulXMkx_0
33 posted on 05/03/2012 7:30:13 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: vladimir998

I will if you can tell me where to find a copy of the actual movie that came out at that time. Lucas has massaged it so many times that no original version may
exist at this point.


34 posted on 05/03/2012 7:56:45 PM PDT by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: GeronL

It’s a shame that so many shows have devolved so that sex and crap is the normal plot line, whether or not it’s a teen show.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the show I am watching and yes the cynic in me wonders how long it will last.


35 posted on 05/03/2012 8:04:11 PM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: Morgana

I miss MST3K!!


36 posted on 05/03/2012 9:53:17 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Frank_2001

Does Hollywood ever portray muslims as nasty, unfeeling bigots?

###

Nope.

Not jews either....


37 posted on 05/03/2012 9:57:40 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: McGarrett

This is what you want to look for at your nearest DVD rental place:

“Original Theatrical Version”: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Two-Disc-Widescreen-Theatrical/dp/B000FQJAIW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1336129885&sr=8-3

Amazon.com

The 2006 limited-edition two-disc release of George Lucas’s epic space fantasy Star Wars is not only the first time the movie has been officially available by itself on DVD. It marks the first-ever DVD release of Star Wars as it originally played in theaters in 1977. What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, the initial title crawl proclaims that this is just Star Wars, not Episode IV, A New Hope. Second, the film is without the various “improvements” and enhancements Lucas added for the theatrical rerelease in 1997 as well as the DVD premiere in 2004. So no more critters and droids scurrying around the port of Mos Eisley when Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi first arrive, no meetings between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut and between Luke and Biggs (extraneous scenes that were cut in 1977), no enhanced explosions during the final reel, and—most importantly to some fans—no more of Greedo shooting first in the bar. Instead Han is free to be the scoundrel and not even let Greedo squeeze off a shot.

What do you lose by watching the 1977 version? Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound, for one thing (only 2.0 Surround here). Digital cleanup for another—Tatooine looks like it’s been coated with an additional layer of sand cloud. But for home-theater owners, the biggest frustration will be from the non-anamorphic picture. On a widescreen TV, an anamorphically enhanced (16x9) picture at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio will fill the screen with the exception of small black bars on the top and bottom. The original edition of Star Wars, however, is not anamorphically enhanced (sometimes referred to as “4:3 letterbox”), so on a widescreen TV it will have large black bars on the top, the bottom, and the sides unless you stretch the picture (and distort it in the process, especially considering the substandard picture quality). If you’re watching on a standard square-shaped (4:3) TV, though, you won’t notice a difference.

Yes, it’s true that serious home-theater lovers who want spectacular sound and anamorphically enhanced picture can always watch the 2004 version of the movie also included in this set. But chances are good that they already picked up the trilogy edition of all three films, so their decision to buy the 2006 two-disc edition depends on how much they want the original film. The official LucasFilm stance is that this is an individual release of the 2004 version of Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, and the 1977 version of the film is merely a “bonus feature.” Common speculation is that the only reason the original versions are seeing the official light of day at all is to undercut the booming black market for the laserdisc version. Star Wars fans will have to decide for themselves if that’s worth the purchase. —David Horiuchi


38 posted on 05/04/2012 4:15:46 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: GeronL

Yeah. I’ve been casting around for something new after I finish “Iron Empress.”


39 posted on 05/04/2012 5:41:10 AM PDT by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: NYer

Oh, I can’t wait to miss that. There’s a reason why I don’t watch television.


40 posted on 05/04/2012 9:07:41 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: GeronL

Damn that show is goodd I wonder if on here in SO CAL we got Channel 18 they show lots of Korean soaps LOL!


41 posted on 05/04/2012 9:26:15 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

Hey NYER did you hear about this

Pope just donate money to Anglican Church come on down to Cathoic church

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139046/Vaticans-150-000-donation-disaffected-Anglican-church-convert-Catholicism.html#ixzz1tvMEWgT7


42 posted on 05/04/2012 11:31:08 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ArrogantBustard

That’s what I follow.


43 posted on 05/04/2012 11:37:00 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SuziQ

Hey SuziQ breaking off Deadline Hollyweird just now

http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/showtimes-the-borgias-renewed-for-third-season/


44 posted on 05/04/2012 11:42:08 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

I hope Han Groo gets more roles, she was really good.

I kind of liked this film too. Some North and South Korean forces trying to keep a nuke from being dismantled get sent back in time to the Choson era.

http://www.viki.com/channels/7276-heaven-s-soldiers


45 posted on 05/04/2012 2:52:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SuziQ
So do I.
46 posted on 05/04/2012 5:16:48 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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