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Perfect Ending, A (DVD Review)

2 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 2/5/13
$24.95 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Barbara Niven, Jessica Clark, John Heard, Morgan Fairchild, Rebecca Staab.

What if Hallmark Channel made a movie about lesbian love? While the chance of that happening is slim to none, new melodrama A Perfect Ending offers a glimpse of what that movie might look like — as well as a blueprint of what it should avoid.

Rebecca (Barbara Niven) is a conservative, middle-aged empty nester, stuck in an orgasm-free marriage harboring a life-changing secret. Her successful husband, Mason (typically gruff John Heard), is consumed with shielding his business assets while dealing with his own personal demons.

Rebecca’s girlfriends, including a lesbian couple, think she needs to shake up her heterosexual boredom — a quest one friend says can be solved by hiring a call girl. Naturally, this friend knows a local madam (well-played by Morgan Fairchild), who humorously keeps tabs of her high-priced girls via a plastic Barbie doll collection.

When an age-appropriate MILF (expertly played by Rebecca Staab) begs off the client, sultry Paris (British model Jessica Clark of “True Blood” in her feature film debut) is sent to meet gun-shy Rebecca in a posh hotel room.

What ensues is a series of aborted rendezvous as Rebecca deals with the guilt of hooking up with a woman the same age as her adopted daughter (Kerry Knuppe). Despite an apparent emotional indifference to her occupation or clients, Paris has her own issues — notably a dead ex-boyfriend she feels responsible for.

While post-sex pillow talk is as good a place as any to explore emotional baggage — both real and imagined, director Nicole Conn takes such laborious steps flushing them out — this viewer resorted to fast-forwarding through the endless flowery images and stilted soundtrack to get to the point.

A Perfect Ending does indeed deliver one, if you have the patience for it.

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