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This article is about the 2009 film. For the novel of the same name, see My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
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Stephen Furst Scott Goldman Mark Johnson Chuck Pacheco Mendel Tropper
Jeremy Leven Nick Cassavetes Doug Liman
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
875 (worldwide) My Sister's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz. 2009 Running time 109 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $30 million Box office $95. Daily Lin Shaye Thomas Dekker Emily Deschanel Joan Cusack Luke Wilson Music by Aaron Zigman Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Editing by Jim Flynn Alan Heim Pietro Scalia Studio Curmudgeon Films Distributed by New Line Cinema Release date(s) June 26. Sofia Vassilieva.G. and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi .714. Abigail Breslin.Starring Cameron Diaz Abigail Breslin Sofia Vassilieva Alec Baldwin Jason Patric E.
and learns that he has died. Her extremely overprotective mother. During the hearing. Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) agrees to work for Anna as her guardian ad litem. and the case goes to a hearing. then proceed to a vacant hospital room to make love. is indignant at Anna's decision and even strikes her across the face when she receives the notice of intended prosecution. It is later learned he agreed to take the case not for the notoriety. and knowing Sara refuses to hear any option other than her . Kate also meets a fellow cancer patient. Sara later shows up at the beach. Eleven-year-old Anna knows that she will be forced by her parents to donate one of her kidneys. Kate is crying because Taylor hasn't called her for several days. in order to keep her alive. play soccer. Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was brought into the world to be a genetic match for her older sister. with Sara and Kate's father Brian (Jason Patric) watching from their bedroom window. 2009. Taylor Ambrose (Thomas Dekker). not wanting to live any longer. Brian angrily refuses and drives off. and Brian obtains permission from her doctor and removes her from the hospital to take her and the kids.Picoult's novel of the same name  My Sister's Keeper was released in the United States. Kate. where they enjoy one final family outing. He then asks her to the hospital's "prom" for teenpatients. whom she begins dating. A few days later. Sara (Cameron Diaz). they slowdance. Anna tells her parents that she does not want any of this. Sara is furious when Brian shows up at the house with Kate and demands that she be returned to the hospital. Mexico. evidently believing that he had dated her daughter merely to sleep with her. he becomes her boyfriend in and out of hospital and supports her as she undergoes treatment. but because he has epilepsy and understands her predicament of not having control over her own body. who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. Anna and Kate's older brother. In a flashback. Canada. To Sara's dismay. Overprotective as ever. and the United Kingdom on June 26. Jesse reveal that Anna's actions are actually under Kate's instruction. they share their first kiss outside Kate's house. Kate makes a request to go to the beach one last time. there. Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). who leads an obsessive campaign to keep Kate alive.she may be unable to cheer-lead. suing for partial termination of parental rights. and proceeds to sue them for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. After a date. After this. Her family members are introduced one by one and each tells about how Kate's illness has affected them personally. or be a mother. as well as how Kate's illness has affected her siblings' lives and their relationships. the judge (Joan Cusack) refuses to grant summary dismissal. threatening Sara with a divorce if she does not join them. She also realizes that she may not be able to live the life she will want to lead . Her mother Sara is furious when Kate mentions they did "stuff" after the prom and storms out to ask the nurse where Taylor is. • Plot Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization. she goes into renal failure. The film is interlaced with flashbacks that detail Kate and Anna's closeness. When Kate turns 15.
The family moves on with their lives. Wayne Emily Deschanel as Dr." At the end. but every year on Kate's birthday they go to Montana. Before the case is decided. with Abigail Breslin taking on the lead role as Anna Fitzgerald and Sofia Vassilieva on the role of Kate Fitzgerald. This pairing was especially convenient as the girls already closely resembled each other and were used to working together. but is finally forced by both Jesse and Brian to realize that Kate had been trying to tell her this for some time. Elle dropped too. As a result. Cast Cameron Diaz as Sara Fitzgerald Alec Baldwin as Campbell Alexander Abigail Breslin as Andromeda "Anna" Fitzgerald Sofia Vassilieva as Katherine "Kate" Fitzgerald Jason Patric as Brian Fitzgerald E. with Dakota playing Kate and her younger sister playing Anna.G. The two sisters were quickly replaced. Production and Cast Changes Upon the original creation of the film adaption. she dropped out of the film. Campbell brings the court decision: Anna won the case. when Dakota heard that she would be required to shave her head for the role.desired one. Daily as Nurse Susan Lin Shaye as Nurse Adele Evan Ellingson as Jesse Fitzgerald Heather Wahlquist as Aunt Kelly Joan Cusack as Judge De Salvo Thomas Dekker as Taylor Ambrose Jeffrey Markle as Dr. Anna says that their relationship continues because she will see Kate again. Kate dies while sleeping at the hospital with her mother by her side. Farquad Amit Khanduja as Chief Surgeon Olivia Hancock as Young Kate Fitzgerald Brennan Bailey as Young Jesse Fitzgerald Reception Critical response . After Kate's death. Dakota and Elle Fanning were set in place to play Kate and Anna. However. which was her "most favorite place in the world. Sara is indignant at this discovery. had gently persuaded Anna to refuse to donate her kidney.
.Leading Young Actress Abigail Breslin Won 2010 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film .230 with a further $46. 2009 with a domestic total of $49. and heartbroken by him when they were younger.Supporting Actress Sofia Vassilieva Won Changes from book The director decided to make the ending of the movie different than the book against Picoult's wishes.200. The relationship between Jesse and Brian is not explored in the film.Supporting Actor Brennan Bailey Nominated Best Performance in a Feature Film . Awards Year Award Category Recipient Result 2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Drama My Sister's Keeper Won 2009 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in Motion Picture Cameron Diaz Won Best Performance in a Feature Film .660. where as in the book Jesse's character is a lot more complex as he started a lot of the fires that Brian had to put out. It has grossed $95. eventually he finds out and confronts Jesse about them. another aggregate review site Metacritic reported 51% positive reviews based on 28 reviews. Box office In its opening weekend it placed 5th with a total of $12. The history of Campbell and Judge is explained towards the end of the book.927 from foreign markets.  The film left theatres on October 8. during a conversation Campbell and Julia have. The end of the book has Anna been killed in a car accident.442. Campbell and Julia end up marrying.157 worldwide . and Up (fifth weekend). Campbell steps in and Anna's usable organs are harvested for reuse including the vital kidney for Kate who goes into remission. The Proposal (second weekend). Rotten Tomatoes reports that 47% of reviews for the film were positive. The Hangover (fourth weekend).The film received mixed reviews from critics. Four major story threads were altered: Julia Romano . she is also romantically involved with Campbell.459. behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.212. based on 126 reviews.In the book she's an adviser to Anna.
Feels Like Home Hana Pestle .Heaven Regina Spektor .Tiny Bubbles E.Life Is Beautiful Movie: James Blunt . Kate (Vassilieva). Starring Cameron Diaz.Better Jonah Johnson . and Alec Baldwin – this ensemble cast will blow you away.Carry You Home Plain White T's .With You Greg Laswell .Soundtrack Trailer : TV Spot : Vega 4 . Kate’s struggle to survive .These Two Hands Directed by Nick Cassavetes. Sofia Vassiliveva. My Sister’s Keeper tackles the nature of the human condition.We All Fall In Love Sometimes Edwina Hayes . the unconditional loyalty of family.Kill Me Jeff Buckley .Don’t Wanna Cry Phil Xenidis . and based on the national best selling novel by acclaimed author. and the vitality of free will. 3.G.Girls Just Want To Have Fun Pete Yorn . 2. medical options are limited.1. Let’s take a deeper look at the film… The Plot: When Sara Fitzgerald (Diaz) discovers her five year old daughter. is diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Daily . Abigail Breslin.Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries Priscilla Ahn . 4 Tyrone Wells .More Don Ho .Find My Way Back Home Jimmy Scott . Jodi Picoult.
and this is a heavily emotional story. I sent a mass “Ahhhhhh I love you” text-message to my entire family the second I walked out of the theatre.became the sole priority of the Fitzgerald family. Anna (Breslin). • Script: While the film and the novel end differently. The uplifting. and decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. seemingly effortless performance. Anna is on a mission to seek medical emancipation from her parents. Try not to vomit. The emotional range of this seasoned 12-year old is truly unparalleled by any actress well within her age group. My Sister’s Keeper is a prime example. and the level of commitment is absolutely apparent to the audience. The sacrifice? Kate’s life. • Performances: The Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin offers another deeply impressive. the emotional investment the Fitzgerald’s have in each other is moving. You believe in her character’s strength of conviction – she’s consumed by her own unrelenting drive to save Kate’s life. what is a Cassavetes film without the plethora of melodramatic moments? Overall: While I have faith in the essence of this story. Jeremy Leven’s (screenwriter) overall commitment to try and parallel Picoult’s novel ultimately did the film a disservice. • Honesty: While Cameron Diaz is no stranger to over-acting. Your eyes are glazed with tears from the opening voice over until the credits roll. After eleven years of having her genetically matched parts donated to her sister through countless medical procedures. ultimately inspiring the genetically contrived conception of their youngest daughter. She hires a lawyer (Baldwin). Talk about being maxed OUT. We only have two hours. spend the ten bucks! Rating: 6 .BUT. let alone a child. redeeming qualities of Picoult’s novel (that an audience craves) simply would not fit into Leven’s script without eliminating a fraction of the dramatic. please. pivotal turning points in the story. Her ability to present the complex issues featured in her story with an impartial. And. I strongly suggest you avoid the theatre – but if you need a good cry. Justified or not. the film on the whole fell short of expectations. Picoult is noted for her intricate story-lines and her pervasively explored characters. it’s far too much to accurately translate into screenplay structure and still do the nature of the story justice. The Good: • “Awww” Moments: The commentary on the power of family is almost overwhelming in this film. If you’re a fan of the book. The audience really feels for Anna – we’re dying to understand her. The Bad: • Better Read and Not Seen: There are definitely stories that were meant to be read and NOT seen. she has some surprising moments of honesty. unbiased resonance is both refreshing and impressive . because the conflict she’s presented with is so outrageously taxing for anyone.
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