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What Makes a Family (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  22 January 2001 (USA)
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A lesbian, artificially inseminated, gives birth, then dies, and her companion must fight to regain custody of the child from the dead woman's grandparents.


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Credited cast:
Janine Nielssen
Sandy Cataldi
Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman ...
Frank Cataldi
Terry Harrison
Jordy Benattar ...
Heather Cataldi
Sean McCann ...
Judge Black
Philip Williams ...
Martin Crane
Judge Shales
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Reverend Greg Wasney


Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her lesbian partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting struggle ensues. Written by <>

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Because she loved a woman, she may lose the right to keep her child.




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At Sandy and Janine's reception, Nora makes a comment to which Sandy replies "I'm going to let that go because this is my wedding day and I am a vision" followed by Sandy and Janine giving each other cake. Later in the film, when Janine is searching for items for her attorney, she begins playing the reception video of which a portion can be seen on Janine's TV. We see the two giving each other cake, then a moment later we hear (from the video still playing) Sandy making the statement to Nora - reversed sequence from the original reception scene. See more »


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Written and Performed by Cindy Bullens
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Fantastic movie, well done and in good taste.
12 May 2001 | by (Wilmington, NC) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderful movie and Brooke Shields has done a fantastic job. It even brought tears to my husbands eyes as well. The little girl in the movie was beautiful and already an excellent actress. I wonder if anyone can help me. The song, I think it was called, "As long as you love me", does anyone know who sang it? I would love to have a copy of it.

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