The Perfect Son (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Canada, 2000.  , .  Screenplay by Leonard Farlinger.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Former drug addict  gets out of rehab and attends his father’s funeral with his estranged brother (). Within a short period of time he learns that not only is his brother gay but is dying of AIDS, forcing him to get to know the man he’s hardly been close to for so many years in a very short period of time. To further complicate things, Cubitt reconnects with his ex-girlfriend () and they accidentally get pregnant, the result of which has her asking him to accompany her to her abortion appointment. This sensitive film about life, death and missed opportunities has some wonderful moments and some painfully hackneyed ones, the whole thing inappropriately scored with constant twinkle-twinkle music that never stops.  It’s held together by excellent performances from the three leads (especially West), who shine throughout in their delivery of the wonderful dialogue.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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