‘The Guide to the Perfect Family’ On Netflix, Where A Family Feels The Pressure To Look Good On Social Media

Oh, social media. It brings us collectively. It tears us aside. It’s been the stuff of nightmares in Unfriendedthe premise for self-worth in Ingrid Goes West, and the star in flicks like Searching and The Social Network. In The Information to the Excellent Household, now streaming on Netflix, a Quebec household is confronted with the highs and lows of elevating kids and evaluating themselves to others within the age of Instagram. 

The Gist: Martin (Louis Morissette) and Marie Soleil (Catherine Chabot) appear to have all of it; a wonderful home, an energetic intercourse life, and a shiny social media profile to point out off their household and alllll their accomplishments. Regardless of appearances, nevertheless, their son, Mathis, has behavioral points and struggles together with his speech improvement, and Martin’s teenage daughter from one other marriage, Rose (Emilie Bierre), whereas getting good grades and busy with extracurriculars, is struggling along with her psychological well being. Whereas Martin initially beams with delight when he sees Rose’s excessive scores in class, all of it comes crashing down when it’s found that she’s been dishonest on checks and self-medicating with hashish. Rose is suspended from faculty till finals, and continues to conflict along with her father at residence.

Whereas confused about the best way to greatest transfer ahead with Rose – Martin initially scoffs when she’s identified with melancholy and nervousness – he’s additionally worrying about his efficiency at work. He additionally doesn’t put a lot (if any) effort into Mathis, leaving Marie alone in additional methods than one. Because the stakes get larger at residence and points throughout the board proceed to go unresolved, Martin should make the choice to step up and study to be a greater husband and father.

The Guide to the Perfect Family (2021)
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What Motion pictures Will It Remind You Of?: The Information to the Excellent Household may remind you somewhat of the chaotic parenting parts of Crazy, Stupid, Love, and The Kids Are All Right, and even a little bit of Yes Day at occasions.

Efficiency Value Watching: Regardless of the story focusing somewhat extra on Martin’s journey as a father, The Information to the Excellent Household actually belongs to Emilie Bierre, who shines as Rose. As struggling teen Rose, Bierre provides off main Kaitlyn Dever vibes, simply getting viewers on board along with her emotional journey. The character simply may have fallen into the drained class of angsty teen daughters – and early within the movie, I believed she may – however due to Bierre’s efficiency and a few first rate writing, Rose is ready to subvert expectations and convey some actual emotional weight to the movie.

Memorable Dialogue: There’s not a ton of nice dialogue in The Information to the Excellent Household, however I did get a kick out of one in every of Martin’s excuses throughout a remedy assembly for not being a very good mum or dad to Rose: “It’s not my fault if I’m a shitty mum or dad. It’s my dad and mom’ fault, proper?”

Intercourse and Pores and skin: There’s some almost-steamy married intercourse that will get interrupted by their son on a couple of events (and a really flashy vibrator cameo), however not a lot else.

Our Take: The Information to the Excellent Household needs to be one film and winds up being one other one totally. Originally, the intentions appear pretty clear; we get a glimpse of the social media illustration versus actuality within the Dubois household, a bunch of common individuals who appear to be holding it collectively once we first meet them. The performances are strong sufficient – and let’s be sincere, Louis Morissette is a complete DILF – however The Information to the Excellent Household loses its focuses at a fast charge. The title stops making sense about midway by the movie, and your complete social media-based premise may nicely have by no means existed in any respect. What we get as an alternative is extra of a household drama, the story of a depressed, anxious teen woman below an excessive amount of strain and the associated fee not listening to our kids can have.

The Rose and Martin plot alone is sufficient to be the guts of its personal movie, not one in every of a handful of tales smushed into one film. The Information to the Excellent household feels unfocused and confused about what sort of movie it’s and what story it’s actually telling, and the understated, free ending is sure to frustrate some viewers. Whereas I admired the selection to finish the movie the best way it does, it doesn’t make sense for *this* movie particularly; it feels extra suited to a quiet household drama, not no matter The Information to the Excellent Household is making an attempt to be.

Our Name: SKIP IT. There are some good performances in The Information to the Excellent Household, however they will’t save the movie’s unfocused story and tonal inconsistencies.

Jade Budowski is a contract author with a knack for ruining punchlines, hogging the mic at karaoke, and thirst-tweeting. Observe her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

Stream The Guide to the Perfect Family on Netflix



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