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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Raney ...
Gloria (as Nicole Lenz)
Jesse age 3 (as Paul Christopher Butler)
Olivia Hancock ...
John DeRosa ...
EMT (as John De Rosa)
EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La decisión más difícil  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£922,947 (UK) (26 June 2009)


$49,185,998 (USA) (2 October 2009)

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Did You Know?


This is the second time a Cameron Diaz character performs as a lawyer for her own cause. She first did so in What happens in Vegas (2008). See more »


Campbell Alexander's commercial "I'm Campbell Alexander. I have a 91 percent success rate. What can I do for you?" violates Rule 7.1 of ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Comment 3 of Rule 7.1 states a lawyer may not make statements that create an "unjustified expectation" that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances, even if the statements are literally true. This applies to Campbell Alexander's statement about his 91% success record, which is a violation of the rules. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.99 (2010) See more »


Written by David Byrne and Jerry Harrison
Performed by Jimmy Scott
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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