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QUALITY PROBLEMS (2017)

Aug. 17, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston

This painfully real comedy drama, based on actual experiences, is put together by a real-life family. It deals with breast cancer in the context of a family's larger life. The film brings us into the lives of Bailey (Brooke Purdy) and Drew (Doug Purdy), a fictional fortysomething working-class couple with two very demonstrative children. Their daughter, Scout (Scour Purdy), turns 8 in two weeks and Bailey and Drew are preparing for her birthday party. They're doing this amid news that Bailey's breast cancer has returned. On top of that, the family is increasingly responsible for Baily's father, Clyde (Chris Mulkey), who has early-onset Alzheimer's. At a loss, Drew tries to "fix" Bailey and takes as many handyman jobs as he can handle. But Bailey doesn't want to be fixed. The family fights for normalcy, with everyone doing their best to maintain a sense of humor. We also get to treasure the day-day-day absurdities that keep a family together. Winner of five critic and festival awards, including the Sedona International Film Festival's "Director's Choice Award for Best Independent Spirit Feature." "A raw, funny family comedy-drama." Ty Burr, The Boston Globe. "Expect to fall in love with both [Brooke and Doug Purdy] actors." Randy Myers, The Mercury News of San Jose, Calif. Not rated.