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Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The parents' desperate decision raises both ethical and moral questions and rips away at the foundation of their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart, while revealing surprising truths that challenge everyone's perceptions of love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 4 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Off-camera sex between teens. VIOLENCE: Bleeding wounds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some cute kid and animal humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The strength of the acting and the modulation of the screenplay transforms what could have been a run-of-the-mill Lifetime disease-of-the-week movie into something more insightful and intelligent.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 'My Sister's Keeper' is an immediate audience-grabber, as we learn that an 11-year-old girl was genetically designed as a source of spare parts for her dying 16-year-old sister.
USA TodayFull Review Average My Sister's Keeper takes a compelling ethical dilemma and turns it into formulaic pap by trying relentlessly to ensure an emotional reaction with sentimental exploitation and plot contrivances.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 138 moviegoers:
TEENS:Females absolutely loved "My Sister's Keeper." The few male reviews are very good but not quite great. The guys enjoyed it very much but didn't love it like the ladies.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Fantastic reviews from the ladies. They absolutely loved it. Even the three males enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS:Both the males and the females loved "My Sister's Keeper." The female reviews are extremely high and the male reviews are also extremely high, considering the type of movie this is.
Sara and Brian Fitzgerald's life with their young son and their two-year-old
daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The
parents' only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save
Kate's life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and
ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to
do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna.
Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Anna (Abigail Breslin) share a bond closer than
most sisters: though Kate is older, she relies on her little sister—in fact, her life
depends on Anna.
Throughout their young lives, the sisters endure various medical
procedures and hospital stays—just another part of their close-knit family's
otherwise normal life. Sara (Cameron Diaz), a loving wife and mother who left
her career as an attorney to care for her daughter, is sometimes lost inside the
single-minded caregiver she has become in her efforts to save Kate. Her strong,
supportive husband, Brian (Jason Patric), is often rendered powerless and
passive by his wife's strength and determination. And their only son, Jesse (Evan
Ellingson), drifts, at times all but forgotten as Kate and Anna take center stage.
Until Anna, now 11, says no. Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her
own lawyer (Alec Baldwin), initiating a court case that divides the family...and
that could leave Kate's rapidly failing body in the hands of fate.