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The Other Sister
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Starring: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Tom Skerritt, Giovanni Ribisi
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Home Video
Kiddie Movie: Nothing really bad, but you might have to explain a lot to them.
Date Movie: She'll make you rent it.
Gratuitous Sex: Hinted at, but not gratuitous.
Gratuitous Violence: A drunk episode, but not violent.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots of cute scenes.
Memorable Scene: Two of them for me: One - Mom's speech at Carla's Birthday party. It really gets at the heart of the movie. Two - The dinner at the country club.
Memorable Quote: The bartender to Daniel "Sir, it's 110 proof. It will make you very brave."
Directed By: Garry Marshall

The Other Sister
A Movie/DVD Review

 

Video Rated - PG-13

It's 2:10 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
The dudettes will probably like it, and unless you're a sensitive, new millennium type of dude your attitude will probably be of the totally politically incorrect "who wants to see a movie about a couple of retards," but "The Other Sister" was a cute look at the challenges a family can have with a mentally challenged sibling.

Carla (Juliette Lewis) is the mentally challenged daughter, back from a special school and ready to take on the world. Mom (Diane Keaton), even though Carla has grown, still can't let Carla be her own woman, nor can she understand her other lesbian daughter. Dad (Tom Skerritt) just wants the best of his family and wants them to be happy. And enter Daniel (Giovanni Ribisi), Carla's eventual boyfriend who is also challenged.

Revolving around Carla, mom shows that being over-protective is not the way to nurture a family, and lets her stubborn attitude almost tear the family apart. Dad doesn't really know what to do because mom is so protective, and the other two daughters are out of the house and get to live on their own but still wanting the family to stick together even if mom doesn't seem to get it. Carla, though, is more stubborn than mom, basically demanding in her own sweet way to get her independence. On top of the smothering mom, we get a cute love story between Carla and Daniel, complete with Daniel learning his lesson that alcohol might make you brave, but sometimes maybe a little too brave (as hilariously but kinda sadly shown in the Christmas dinner scene at the country club).

Other than going to deep into it, "The Other Sister" combines some comedy, some family sadness, and mixes in a nice love story. The acting by all of the players is great, there are some classic scenes of growing up, and even though a chick-flick, being the sensitive, new-millennium dude that I am, well, I enjoyed it, although I probably would have ended it after the scene at the country club rather than the happy, feel-good way they ended the movie. I guess that's why I'm a writer and not a director.

It's a decent video and I give "The Other Sister" 4 stars out of 5.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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