My Sister's Keeper (12A)

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Posted: Tue Jun 23 2009

Nick Cassavetes is best known for ‘The Notebook’, so naked bathos-mongering is what people will come to ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ for, and it mostly delivers. After Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) was diagnosed with leukemia as a child, her parents in vitro engineered Anna (Abigail Breslin) to be her match for surplus bone marrow, kidneys and the rest. Now the younger kid wants out and is willing to sue. The family splits, with Anna and dad (Jason Patric) on one side and devoted mum, Sara (Cameron Diaz), on the other decrying Anna’s ‘selfishness’.

Novelist Jodi Picoult has fashioned herself as a conversation-starter about genetics and medical ethics, but her lurid scenario is nonsense. Cassavetes has unexpectedly toned down the over-the-top series of twists from the novel’s last third, though restraint is still a relative concept. The tearjerking is mostly along the sister-sister and mother-daughter axes, aside from a brief romance Kate has with a fellow patient. Diaz is a whiny irrelevance, but sharp supporting work from Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack makes the proceedings tolerable for boyfriends
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12A

UK release:

Fri Jun 26, 2009

Duration:

109 mins

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laura

this film was brilliant when i read the name of it i thought it was going to be rubbisn bt it was class so wel done 2 every1 who was envoled in making this film

laura

this film was brilliant when i read the name of it i thought it was going to be rubbisn bt it was class so wel done 2 every1 who was envoled in making this film

Ell

This is the best film i have ever seen tbh even tho it was sad. but it shows a way where a sister can look after her older sister & be proud of it. i used about a box of tissuse in this film it was worth it!

Ell

This is the best film i have ever seen tbh even tho it was sad. but it shows a way where a sister can look after her older sister & be proud of it. i used about a box of tissuse in this film it was worth it!

katie

this film was excellent, it is a real tear jerker and did not fail to have the whole cinema in tears! the girl who played kate was brilliant as i think it is a very hard role to play, i really would reccommend this film to anyone!

katie

this film was excellent, it is a real tear jerker and did not fail to have the whole cinema in tears! the girl who played kate was brilliant as i think it is a very hard role to play, i really would reccommend this film to anyone!

Megan

I loved watching this film it is real life and it telling the public that there is a family out there going through the same thing that the film is about..... everybody in the cinema was was upset but still loved watching it...... This story line was great........ This story line is making people feel sad and making them feel for how a real family would feel........ so i loved this film and watch again and it would still make me cry............xx

Megan

I loved watching this film it is real life and it telling the public that there is a family out there going through the same thing that the film is about..... everybody in the cinema was was upset but still loved watching it...... This story line was great........ This story line is making people feel sad and making them feel for how a real family would feel........ so i loved this film and watch again and it would still make me cry............xx

Matt

Everyone in the cinema was crying throughout the whole film. To me it's a poignant tale of tragedy, inner conflict, bravery, personal heroism, determination and familial love, as well as a comment on just what a battle it can be for children to get their parents to really listen to them. I'm not saying that this film is perfect. There were one or two places where it slightly lost its way, like the courtroom scene with the interruption. The twists, such as they were, were hardly twists at all. There were one or two moments when I wasn't sure if the film was lacking in the emotional restraint necessary for a truly great film. But I couldn't hold back the tears, which, in a public cinema, for a guy, is quite embarrassing. Calling it bathos [which I'll admit I had to look up] is just pure snobbery and smacks of disrespect certainly for the type of audience that I watched this film with. Maybe this film is right at the limits of stretching the viewers' suspension of disbelief, but I think it stays [just about] within those boundaries and the result is very effective - more effective at evoking pure sadness than Schindler's List or PS I Love You, though it doesn't quite belong to the list of all time greats like Schindler's List. So, maybe not one of the all-time greats, but certainly a very, very good film, very well executed. I nearly gave this film 5 stars, so nearly, but not quite.

bobbii johnson

I thought the film woz very upsetting as iv lost my sister of this illness but overall it woz brilliant and id watch it over n over again ..xxxxxx

bobbii johnson

I thought the film woz very upsetting as iv lost my sister of this illness but overall it woz brilliant and id watch it over n over again ..xxxxxx

laura

this film was amazing i was crying the whole way through in some bits it ripped my heart wight out but handled the subject well

laura

this film was amazing i was crying the whole way through in some bits it ripped my heart wight out but handled the subject well

Peter

This film is awesome and deserves to be shown for 22 years and 154.35 days. Thats how good it is :)

Peter

This film is awesome and deserves to be shown for 22 years and 154.35 days. Thats how good it is :)