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My Sister's Keeper

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Overview

Director Nick Cassavetes collaborates with screenwriter Jeremy Leven The Notebook for this drama about a pair of parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them in a manner neither could have ever foreseen. Sara Cameron Diaz and Brian Jason Patric are coasting through life with their young son and daughter when tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival ...
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Overview

Director Nick Cassavetes collaborates with screenwriter Jeremy Leven The Notebook for this drama about a pair of parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them in a manner neither could have ever foreseen. Sara Cameron Diaz and Brian Jason Patric are coasting through life with their young son and daughter when tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Desperate to save their daughter's life at any cost, Sara and Brian conceive another child in hopes that the baby will be a genetic match. But that decision raises a series of moral and ethical questions that rapidly begin to erode the foundation of the once-happy couple's relationship. Incensed upon learning that she was brought into this world for the singular purpose of prolonging the life of her ailing older sister, the young girl Abigail Breslin ultimately decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Joan Cusack co-star.
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Special Features

From Picoult to Screen - Meet Jodi Picoult, prolific author of 15 bestselling novels, and observe her creative process and learn more about the journey of My Sister's Keeper from page to screen; Over 15 minutes of powerful additional scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 883929202621
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Repackaged
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 46,621

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Diaz Sara Fitzgerald
Abigail Breslin Anna Fitzgerald
Alec Baldwin Campbell Alexander
Jason Patric Brian Alexander, Brian
Joan Cusack , Judge De Salvo
Sofia Vassilieva Kate Alexander
Heather Wahlquist Aunt Kelly
Thomas Dekker Taylor Ambrose, Taylor
Evan Ellingson Jesse Fitzgerald
David Thornton Dr. Chance
Technical Credits
Nick Cassavetes Director, Screenwriter
Matthew Barry Casting
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Meredith Finn Executive Producer
Jim Flynn Editor
Stephen Furst Executive Producer
Scott Goldman Producer
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Alan Heim Editor
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Mark Johnson Producer
Mark Kaufman Executive Producer
Jeremy Leven Screenwriter
Chuck Pacheco Producer
Diana Pokorny Executive Producer
Steven Posen Co-producer
Hillary Sherman Co-producer
Mendel Tropper Executive Producer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Changed my Life!

    This movie changed my life and i know thats very typical to say but it did. It teached me how to let go of one of my family memembers that died of cancer. This movie really showed every thing people who have cancer go through as well as the people around them. It shows you how hard it is to live through that. This movie was so nicely done it really looked like the actress had cancer which was amazing. I do i have to say that the movie was nothing like the book but i think i like that change. This movie made men cry which says alot. I think this is a movie that should have gotten more praise and should be seen worldwide,in schools, and just by plain old people you can learn a lot from this movie if not now but diffenetly later on in life. Cancer is diffenetly something people should know more about because it has become something so commom. Thats all that has to be said about this movie it is a must watch but be sure to have a box of tissues

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    The riveting book My Sisters Keeper is a gripping story revolvin

    The riveting book My Sisters Keeper is a gripping story revolving around the concept of life and death. The author Jodi Picoult on a sensitive subject about Sara and Brian Fitzgerald being unfortunate enough to have their little girl, just three years old, diagnosed with Leukemia. They then create a genetic match to be Kate’s so-called “backup.” Anna started giving Kate parts of her body the day she was born. Anna then had been sent in and out of the hospital so many times doctors could have mistaken her to be the one diagnosed. She was needed for blood, bone marrow, and anything else that Kate needed to help her hold on to life as long as she could.
    Anna has had enough of the poked and prodding when she finally turned 13 and hires a well-known lawyer, Campbell Alexander to assist her in receiving medical emancipation for her parents.

    Between Julia Romano, the dog Judge, and misunderstood Jessie, the sub plots in this book just add fuel to the fire, making readers anxious to continue reading and the see how the plots will wrap themselves up.

    This book really makes you think how far can you push things before you lose your morals and everything that seems right to you? How can you choose which daughters life to change while keeping your family intact? This book really opened my eyes to the plague that cancer not only sets on the patient, but the family as a whole.
    Between the numerous plot twists that will break the readers heart, learning to understand the characters and their objectives in the story, and the beautiful fight Anna will put forth, readers wont stop turning pages. My Sister’s Keeper is a novel that a reader can dive head first into, feeling their pain is if you were the characters yourself.

    “There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it’s all right to wake up crying, but only for a month… That it’s okay to measure the time she’s been gone like we used to measure her birthdays.”

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    My Sister’s Keeper Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat

    My Sister’s Keeper Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat!
    I enjoyed the movie “My Sister’s Keeper”. Produced in 2009 by Mark Johnson, Curmudgeon, & Scott L. Goldman, this movie is a tear-jerking, heart-warming story that is based on the novel by Jodi Picoult.Kate has had leukemia since she was 2 years old. Anna was conceived in a test tube test tube by a scientist to create the perfect donor match for Kate. Ever since the moment Anna was was born, she has been donating spare parts to Kate and she is fed up with it. She files a lawsuit against her parents in hopes that she’d be granted medical emancipation. All the actors, specifically Abigail Breslin and Cameron Diaz, did a wonderful job. I think they put together an excellent cast. “My Sister’s Keeper” has an appropriate length given the circumstances, I don’t remember exactly, but I believe the total running time was somewhere around 1 hour and 42 minutes. The producers did an excellent job finding the right actors for the movie. In my opinion, acting is one of the significant features in a movie, and this acting was simply marvelous thanks to the producers who found them. I would recommend the book and the movie to anyone who asks about it, but I would tell them to read the book first. I watched the movie first and I kinda regret it. I think I look down on the movie and don’t really appreciate it as much as I did before I read the book.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    If you've read the book, don't bother.

    The movie was good, but where the book had an unexpected ending, the movie was totally typical!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    WORST MOVIE EVER!!!!

    Ok i read the book (one of my favorites) and the movie cant even be the same. First of all they took out a main charater, changed the ending, then didnt even show anything about jessy, and more. If you read the book dont watch the movie, trust me im saving you the frustration and the only reason why i put one star is because if wouldnt let me send a review unless i put one on.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Had more fun writing this review than watching the movie

    I'll begin by describing what I thought the movie would be about. I thought the story's premise would lie in the ethical dilemma of using one daughter to save another, perhaps in a vein as intriguing as Kazua Ishiguro's "Never Let me Go". I thought it would be fascinating and potentially very moving to pit the rights and freedom of the individual against the moral obligations towards family. I expected the story not to have an easy ending, but one that opened up insights for what a family might learn from such a devastating incident.

    Instead, we get a good hour and forty six minutes of saccharine Hollywood narrative, filled almost to the brim with long, slow-motion musical montages taking place at a beach at sunset, in an idyllic summery backyard with much bubble-blowing, etc., always with smiling, smiling people. What happened to the intrigue and the difficult moral tensions? Cassavetes, it seems, decides to forfeit anything too deep or disturbing for the sake of his sparkly, syrupy montages.

    Speaking of which, I have nothing against slow-mo musical montages, and I'll credit Cassavetes that the ones in this film are nicely photographed with plenty of shimmering bokeh and warm lighting. 'Toy Story 2' uses such a montage to great effect, giving the movie a scene with a particular emotional punch. But if that scene was an emotional punch, then 'My Sister's Keeper' is what could be considered an attempted emotional flogging. After a while, you're hit in the face with them so many times that you become dulled from the previous thrashing.

    All talk of antiquated torture methods aside, the one thing to be commended here is the acting. Even Cameron Diaz surprised me with her portrayal of a desperate, frustrated mother, although she lacks a certain maternal warmth that someone like Kate Winslet might have given to the role. Overall, all the actors did what they could with the unexcitable screenplay and direction, and with the awkward shifting of POVs and narration. Each of the characters' moments in the spotlight, however, last for possibly five to ten minutes, with the exception of the Dying Girl, who lays claim to the rest of the movie. So instead of getting a good idea of how each character is affected, we get a vague notion that they are all somewhat depressed by their situation for varying reasons.

    But wait - what about the whole sister-being-unwilling-organ-donor thing? What about the ethical and moral dilemmas? What about the lawsuit the eleven-year-old girl is filing against her own parents? If you were hoping that the film would focus on any of these in any manner, as I was, then you will be disappointed. Instead we get the same Hallmark-standard messages hammered into us with every sappy montage: cherish every moment together! No matter what happens, we're family! Etcetera! As for the lawsuit itself, which was the most interesting part of the trailer, it lasts for about five minutes. No joke. And then there's a plot twist that is so annoyingly contrived that it makes the whole previous plot irrelevant and self-effacing. By the time the ending finally comes around, any hope for some last, conciliatory attempt at profundity bleats its last dying breath. Instead we are treated not with a bang of an ending, but a whimper. An attempt at a slobbery, Kleenex-y whimper, at that.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Touching

    When I first saw it i didn't stop crying. To watch how someone could go through something like that makes you think how luck you are if your healthy. Definitly keep a box of tissues with you!! It was great though!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful and through provoking

    From beginning to end this movie captured the viewer's attention. While I had read the book, the director and author did a wonderful job of presenting the issues in the story in a attention grabbing fashion. It was not slow but engaged the viewer from beginning to end. Even my husband, who had not read this book, was engaged in the movie. This was not just another chick flick but a movie the whole family could watch. Cameron Diaz was perfectly cast in the role of the mother as she offered a believable character. The story of the two sisters is a powerful tale of a family struggling to find a way to save one sister at the cost of the other ones well being. While each knows the consequences of not doing the treatments that will save the one who is dying there comes a time when the cost may be too great. If you haven't read the book then the ending will surprise you.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A little disappointed.

    I had read the book, and as in most cases it was better than the movie. But, in this movie they even seemed to change story lines even.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a great movie

    This movie shows how brave a child with her own mind and heart can get. This is one of my all time favorites. I think this movie helps people understand the real meaning of bravery. She also has a bunch of courage she goes for something she believes in and gets it. I recommend this book.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WHAT?!?!?!?!

    I cannot believe that Jodi Picoult would agree to the ending of this movie!! Whose terrible idea was that? I read the book and it was amazing but due to the extreme change of the ending this movie is terrible!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Okay movie, but terrible compared to the book

    Although this is a good movie if you have never heard of the book, it has an ending that is unrealistic and the opposite to the book. I recommend reading the book first highly.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ugh.

    Disappointing to those who the read the book. Big time! The only up part in this whole movie was that Alec Baldwin was perfectly cast! Fans stick with the book!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    How could they change the ending???

    How could the producers re-script the ending of the book for this movie? To what end? Truly a disappointment to an otherwise good movie.

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