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The Other Sister (1999)

A mentally challenged young woman seeks independence by obtaining her own apartment and attending college while her family plans her sister's wedding.

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2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Caroline Tate
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Heather Tate
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Drew
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Jeff
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Michelle
Hope Alexander-Willis ...
Marge
Harvey Miller ...
Dr. Johnson
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Rachel - Tech School (as Alma Yvonne)
Marvin Braverman ...
Uncle Sam Teacher - Tech School
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Storyline

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... Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story for the romantically challenged. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving sex related material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aprendiendo a vivir  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,624,445 (USA) (26 February 1999)

Gross:

$27,797,271 (USA) (18 June 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite playing 2 mentally disabled Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi are not mentally disabled in real life See more »

Goofs

When Carla and Elizabeth are having the sex talk in the park, there is an animal balloon artist behind Elizabeth. The customers change position several times (sometimes, the people altogether) in a span of a few minutes. See more »

Quotes

Carla Tate: [quoting one of her teachers] Yeah, and she also told me that people like us, they - boys can try to take advantage and that they'll try to coitus us. So if that should ever happen, to say, "No!"
Elizabeth: Oh. Okay.
Carla Tate: "Stop right there!"
Elizabeth: Good. That's excellent advice. What else did she say to you?
Carla Tate: "Don't put gum under the cafeteria table! How many times do I have to tell you?"
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Connections

Referenced in Psych: Dead Air (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Animal Song
Written by Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes
Performed by Savage Garden
Produced by Walter Afanasieff
Co-produced by Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones
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User Reviews

 
hah! what a great movie!
27 December 1999 | by (charlotte, nc) – See all my reviews

i don't know who's voting for these movies, but someone needs to wake up! this one was great! it was funny (and i don't mean that in a mocking way) where i didn't expect it to be. all angles of the story were handled well. a great love story, which i didn't expect, and the family issues are very well worked out. i liked how one of the sisters being a lesbian worked into the story, but i didn't like the result of the dispute between the mother and that sister. i thought it happened kind of sudden. but a very minor detail! i loved how the two "disAbled" people were so expressive of what they thought! juliette did a wonderful job of acting when her character got upset. very believable. i'll be looking foreward to seeing you at the academy awards.


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