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Plot: Eileen Cleary has just been nominated for Catholic Woman of the year when her family drop a bombshell. Over the dinner table she discovers that not only is her son leaving his wife and children for the local beautician, but her daughter is 5 months pregnant and about to marry her girlfriend. Desperate to win the award, Eileen is conflicted between shame over her family and still desiring to do the right thing by them. Unable to accept either of their choices her family begins to splinter, with even her husband threatening to leave. Ultimately this is a feel-good movie and Eileen proves herself to be a person worthy of both the award and her family. Runtime: 84 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 2010
Hilarious, but...you have to be catholic to get it (by gilbert_pinson)
and that's just not cool for all the non catholics out there not getting half the movie. Still, hilarious! My advice: get a catholic friend to watch it with you and guide you through. It will probably become a 5 hour long movie/documentary/commentary piece/ice cream marathon. But it will be all worth... This flix felt literally like home. The plot, the direction and the acting are just fine. There is no reason for bashing it. No, wait, there is but you "have to" in the "must" sense have been raised catholic and still be a vatican newsletter non-subscriber. Like we say <more>
back home: "it takes a bad catholic to see a good one" or is the other way round? Peace.
I disagree with some of the reviewers here. This movie is true to the point for very devout Catholics. I grew up Catholic and saw a lot of prejuidice towards people because of the faith. The practices and beliefs of the Catholic church have hurt many people and this movie points to those. It also is a movie about growth. Not just in everyday relationships, but with yourself, and how one must balance real life and religion. This movie isn't to put down or make fun of Catholicism, rather those that are obsessed with how they are taken by their community. One can have faith any faith and <more>
still love and accept everyone, this movie teach this.
Can't appreciate it without understanding the SPOILER (by tjwprf)
The reviews I've read miss the entire point of this script, IMO. KT's character has lived most of her life trying to earn absolution for an act any Catholic woman, and most women who are mothers, would never be able to forgive themselves for never mind one's political position on choice . She's dedicated her life to good works in her local diocese toward this end and, as a result, is offered the possibility of "complete absolution" of her sin by the church. After 30 years of attending confessional to absolve herself of her petty sins -- taking the lord's name in <more>
vain; doubting tenets of her faith -- this possibility of forgiveness for what, as a woman, is unforgivable, means everything to her. When that clashes with the realities of her family situation gay daughter, divorcing adulterer son, husband who can no longer tolerate her self loathing and resultant intolerance , she must traverse a lot of emotional territory very quickly, because if she wants the absolution she thought mattered most, she has little time to make the case to the Church she has the "right" Catholic family, when everyone she loves needs her forbearance for being who they are, and none of them judges her or, if they knew the facts, would readily forgive her for her One Great Sin.There are clunky scenes, but I loved this story and these characters. And wish NYT ratings were easier to navigate and edit .
Kathleen Turner, a real actress in a sea of bland (by amberbaer)
Despite the reviews that say it's an anti-Catholic movie, it's not. It's a movie about a family, and the mother happens to be Catholic and struggling between her reality and the reality of the church to which she belongs....which happens to be Catholic.Just sit back and watch the movie - it's got some nice, thought-provoking dialog and if you have to tear a movie down because it makes you ask questions....then maybe you should focus on your own life and stop watching movies!Mister Ritter is also a treat to watch, so much like his father, who would be proud to see what a nice <more>