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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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Walter Raney ...
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 on the show was a wig. See more »


Anna's lawsuit starts with cross examination from the defendant and lawyer-turned-nursemaid mother Sara Fitzgerald followed by Anna's lawyer. The order of proceedings is incorrectly inverted since a plaintiff like Anna would present her lawsuits underlying claims by Direct before scrutinized by Sara's cross. 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 The Suite Life on Deck: My Sister's Keeper (2010) See more »


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User Reviews

27 June 2009 | by (Lincoln, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although the film differs from the book, it is still amazing. The acting was believable and you could really see the heartbreak of the family. But, there were also some funny moments, making the movie slightly uplifting. I am a huge fan of the book, and if i had been expecting to see on the screen exactly what is in the book i would have been disappointed. However, the film has earnt the 10 stars respectively and should, in my opinion, receive an Oscar. I can tell already that the actress who plays Kate will go far in the film industry and i feel that Cameron Diaz has done herself proud, discarding her comedy label. Overall, a brilliant film with a strong message.

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