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Describe the relationship between Pegeen and her father, Michael James.

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The relationship between Michael and Pegeen is somewhat fraught. There's a real clash of personalities here. Michael is a rather laid-back kind of guy who doesn't expect much out of life; Pegeen, on the other hand, is much more demanding of life, more of a free spirit. She wants to escape the petty restrictions of her life in this remote rural community.

Though an affable, easy-going chap, Michael is still quite conventional when it comes to his role as father. That being the case, he wants Pegeen to settle down with the respectable, but incredibly dull Shawn Keough. But that's the very last thing that Pegeen wants. As well as seeking more excitement in her life, Pegeen knows her own worth; she knows she can do a whole lot...

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