The Other Sister

February 26th, 1999


The Other Sister

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A mentally retarded girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (7,174 voted)

Critic's Score: 28/100

Director: Garry Marshall

Stars: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi

When Carla Tate, now a young woman, is 'graduated' out of the training school where she has resided for many years because she is mentally challenged, her hope is that she will be accepted for all that she can now do for herself. But Carla's family is wealthy which permits her mother, already blinded to her daughter's rather high-functioning abilities, to try and provide for Carla beyond her needs or desires, bringing forth the inevitable confrontations... for what Carla may lack in mental ability she certainly makes up for in her insistence on being independent, even to living in her own apartment. But if this isn't enough, into the mix comes a young man, equally challenged mentally, who moves Carla beyond anyone's control...

Writers: Alexandra Rose, Blair Richwood

Juliette Lewis - Carla Tate
Diane Keaton - Elizabeth Tate
Tom Skerritt - Dr. Radley Tate
Giovanni Ribisi - Daniel McMann
Poppy Montgomery - Caroline Tate
Sarah Paulson - Heather Tate
Linda Thorson - Drew Evanson
Joe Flanigan - Jeff Reed
Juliet Mills - Winnie the Maid
Tracy Reiner - Michelle
Hope Alexander-Willis - Marge
Harvey Miller - Dr. Johnson
Hector Elizondo - Ernie
Almayvonne - Rachel - Tech School (as Alma Yvonne)
Marvin Braverman - Uncle Sam Teacher - Tech School

Taglines: A love story for the romantically challenged.

Release Date: 26 February 1999

Filming Locations: All Saint's Episcopal Church - 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $6,624,445 (USA) (28 February 1999) (1343 Screens)

Gross: $27,797,271 (USA) (20 June 1999)

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Did You Know?

The film is dedicated to Harvey Miller; this is his last film appearance.

Revealing mistakes: When Carla and her mother are having the sex talk in the park, Juliette Lewis starts to talk very loudly and Diane Keaton looks directly at the camera while trying to quiet her.

Carla Tate: Have you ever done it before?
Daniel McMann: Well, yeah, kind of. You see the guys at work, they chipped in and they found this girl and she had a reputation. There was a lot of kissing and hugging and a lot of rubbing, and I kind of finished before I was supposed to. You have to be a guy to understand that.

User Review

An Excellent, must see movie of love and overcoming adversity.

Rating: 10/10

Juliet Lewis shines as 'Carla', a 'backwards' girl returning from special school, who is determined to make her own way in the world. She meets the similarly unique Danny (Ribisi).

The two soon fall in love, and face a life of difficulty and adversity, both from the 'outside' world because of the way they are, and between one another.

Lewis is magnificent and convincing, portraying both a young woman in love facing life, and a woman with learning difficulties. Ribisi is just as magnificent as the sensitive Danny.

Their innocence and forthright honesty on the one hand, will both shock you and disarm you, while the normality of these 'abnormal' people will truly make you rethink your attitude towards those who are not 'like us'.

I use inverted commas because, with this movie, nothing is certain, and old prejudice is challenged and overcome, as these two beautiful people overcome their adversities.

This movie will make you laugh, cry, and cheer. It is a romantic comedy par excellence. Even those who dislike most 'Rom-coms' will love this movie.

Buy it or rent it, but either way see this movie, it will change you deeply.

10 out of 10


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