The dysfunctional family has long been a favorite subject for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. After all, who can't relate to bickering siblings, awkward fathers and unsolicited criticism from Mom?
The question is, therefore, how do you make your family dramedy stand out from the pack?
Take a few notes from Anne Renton's "The Perfect Family," a promising debut feature that treats delicate family dynamics with a dash of dark humor.
First, gather up an all-star cast — in this case, Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter and Richard Chamberlain comprise the family in question.
Next, create a plot rife with conflict: in "Perfect Family," Turner stars as a meddling matriarch and devout Catholic whose nomination for a church award makes her more determined to rein in her husband and two grown children into her image of what the perfect family should look like.
Finally, throw some snappy dialogue into the mix, because we all know how brothers and sisters talk to each other… whether they're "grown up" or not.
But don't take our word for it. Check out the trailer, courtesy of Deadline, and judge this family for yourself.
The film gets its debut screening April 24.