The Perfect Daughter

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Drama

Adequately directed but sketchily scripted, this made-for-cable feature stars Tracey Gold as a runaway drug addict with amnesia--and a blue-blooded family that has a remarkable ability to turn the other cheek. Alexandra Michaelson (Gold) is a heroin addict who has turned her back on skeptical dad Tom (Mark Joy), forgiving mom Jill (Bess Armstrong), and...read more

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Adequately directed but sketchily scripted, this made-for-cable feature stars Tracey Gold as a runaway drug addict with amnesia--and a blue-blooded family that has a remarkable ability to turn the other cheek.

Alexandra Michaelson (Gold) is a heroin addict who has turned her back on skeptical dad Tom (Mark Joy), forgiving mom Jill (Bess Armstrong), and resentful younger sibling Josh (Michael Shulman). Despite the advice of her pusher boyfriend, Billy (Harold Pruett), Alexandra greedily pockets $100,000

belonging to Billy's boss, Ray (Jay Edward Anthony). Chased by Billy, Alexandra stashes the cash but gets struck by a hit-and-run driver. Informed of Alexandra's condition, her parents agree to let their troublesome junkie daughter recover from her injuries and resultant amnesia at the family's

horse farm.

Although Alexandra slowly regains her family's trust, mental flashes of her former life persuade her that she is in danger. After Billy tracks her down, she finds his dead body in a parking lot. When Ray and his main man, Vince (Brian Gamble), terrorize Alexandra, she decides to safeguard her

family by fleeing to her old stomping grounds. While she's scouring alleys for the missing cash, Ray and Vince are holding Jill and Josh captive to ensure Alexandra's return. While Sheriff Ken Johnson (Barry Bell) and his deputy (April Turner) surround the Michaelson place, Alexandra walks into

her family's predicament and stalls Vince for time. Although the cops get the drop on Vince, Ray nearly hijacks Tom's car when he returns after searching for Alexandra. Ray wounds the deputy, then Tom disarms Ray. And after Sheriff Johnson takes the miscreants into custody, the reformed daughter

awaits a second chance in life.

As an urban netherworld thriller, THE PERFECT DAUGHTER is a routine chase flick; as a DESPERATE HOURS clone during its finale, it's toothless. But the Michaelsons' conflicted parental response to their wastrel offspring spices up this melodrama's stew of coincidences. After all, there is nothing

wrong with their memories.

Cinematically, there is a slight detour into inventiveness, as the adventures of the past Alexandra (shot in black and white) intersect with the present Alexandra (filmed in color). That aside, this suspense film is modestly conceived and unimaginatively directed. (Violence, profanity, adultsituations, substance abuse.)

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Adequately directed but sketchily scripted, this made-for-cable feature stars Tracey Gold as a runaway drug addict with amnesia--and a blue-blooded family that has a remarkable ability to turn the other cheek. Alexandra Michaelson (Gold) is a heroin addic… (more)

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