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Petunia (2013)




Drama, Comedy

Release Date

June 28, 2013 (Limited)


112 min.


Wolfe Releasing

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Ash Christian


Jordan Yale Levine, Thora Birch, Ash Christian


Ash Christian, Theresa Bennett



His name is Petunia. Charlie Petunia. At first glance, he looks positively Bonds-like in his tuxedo but in fact, he is the polar opposite of the suave lady killer. Instead of drinking martinis and living it up, Charlie spends his brother's wedding reception avoiding the dance floor and securing his self-imposed celibacy by snapping the rubber band on his wrist anytime he feels aroused by the formal-wear-clad young men in the room.

The Petunia family has a storied history of avoiding real feelings: Mom, Felicia, (Christine Lahti) is a therapist who needs a shrink of her own; dad, Percy, (David Rasche) hides erectile dysfunction under an oblivious and disaffected non-personality; and brothers Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Adrian (Jimmy Heck) are hiding infidelity and sex addiction, respectively. Throw in mean NYC princess Vivian (Thora Birch) for a sister-in-law, and you have Charlie's biggest problem: his crazy family.

Charlie finally finds a guy he's willing to break his "no sex" vow for when he meets and starts dating George McDougal (Michael Urie). But George is hiding something from Charlie -- his wife (Brittany Snow) -- and their relationship hits a complicated snag when she returns unexpectedly from a long trip . . .

With super quirky, yet highly sympathetic characters, great acting, and hilariously unpredictable twists and turns, Petunia will make you think about love, life and how family plays a part in who you turned out to be.

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“..the film is too pokily paced and annoyingly episodic to hold interest for a sustained period of time, but a first-class cast renders random relief from boredom..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..the movie is never deeper than the average sitcom episode, though, which makes Lahti's A-game that much more valuable..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“..although wildly inconsistent in terms of tone and credibility, this dark comedy boasts some marvelous moments and a terrific ensemble..”
by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]