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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  26 June 2009 (USA)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

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In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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26 June 2009 (USA)  »

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La decisión más difícil  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£922,947 (UK) (26 June 2009)

Gross:

$49,185,998 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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Sofia Vassilieva shaved her hair and eyebrows off in order to play Kate Fitzgerald. She described it as being the least she could do to understand Kate's pain. Because she was filming both this movie and the TV show Medium (2005), her hair was turned into a wig for her. See more »

Goofs

At about 29 minutes into the movie, when they first show Joan Cusack's character, Judge De Salvo, on the bench, the name plate shows her name as "Joan De Salvo," with a space between the De and Salvo. As Alec Baldwin is walking toward the lawyers table, there is a quick flash of the name plate, where you can see that there is no space between the De and the Salvo in her name. The next time the name plate is shown, the space is back. The next time it is shown, right after she says, "You're going to jail,", it says "Joan Desalvo," and the space is again missing. When it is shown again, it is back to "De Salvo." See more »

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Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later that I realized that it wasn't exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I mean, up in space you've got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever, and bam, coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these perfect families. ...
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Written by David Byrne and Jerry Harrison
Performed by Jimmy Scott
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Bring something to dry your eyes!
12 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is amazing, heart worming, sad, fantastic. I read the book, yes there is some changes done, but is all the movies turned into books just like the book? Are they really going to do every single thing? No. Yes the ending isn't the same as the book, but the ending was still sad. If you see this movie and don't cry, than you don't have a heart. The acting was fantastic. The best I have ever seen. I cried. Yes I'm a 16 year old teenage boy. I cried, even my dad, a 48 year old cried. It's girlie movie, But a damn good one at that. It's the must see of the year. Of course it did poorly at the box office cause they decide to bring a movie more directed to being sad out at the same time as transformers2 (which was stupid). But really you need to go see the movie. and bring something to dry your eyes!


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