Murder She Wrote
Now if you haven't heard of this film's origins, it's based off a well known murder that actually happened back in 2003. Bob Mitchell was the author that documented the court case and published it in a book called The Class Project: How To Kill A Mother. "Perfect Sisters" is a film adaptation of that book and as in the book, the names remain altered to protect the true participants of this tragic event.
Matricide isn't something people tend to shout from the rooftops, due to most of the crimes involving youths not yet legal enough to vote. Even with this fact, the crime is no less shocking and it's something that can live in the recesses of a parent's mind. "Perfect Sisters" is a film about that nightmare coming to fruition and ending the life of a woman troubled by alcohol and a lengthy bout of depression.
Meet Sandra and Beth
Who are Sandra(Breslin) and Beth(Henley) Andersen? Well, they are the "Perfect Sisters" that this film is about. They are the two girls so troubled by their mother that they can see no other way to improve their lives than to remove their foundation.
They don't do this alone. They enlist the help of their closest chums and anyone willing to give them attention. High school jock? Check. Goth kid in skinny jeans? Check. Most popular girl in high school? Double check.
You'd think when it comes to killing your mother, one would be a little more discreet and cloaked in the dark acts. But then again, we're talking about the "Perfect Sisters" and their delusional sense of rationale.
The movie aims to show the struggle these two ladies experience living with an alcoholic mother while trying to survive high school.
We couldn't help but to be reminded of just how fragile the juvenile mind can be. When one is young and inexperienced, sometimes drastic measures are taken to right what we feel is wrong. When one becomes an adult, we learn that some things must be endured for a time and gradually altered with steady effort.
Sadly for Sandra and Beth, they made some rash decisions that ultimately led to the untimely death of their mother, Linda Andersen.
Now with that said, What would you do in the same situation?
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