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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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Alexandra Rose (story), Blair Richwood (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Lewis ... Carla Tate
Diane Keaton ... Elizabeth Tate
Tom Skerritt ... Radley Tate
Giovanni Ribisi ... Danny
Poppy Montgomery ... Caroline Tate
Sarah Paulson ... Heather Tate
Linda Thorson ... Drew
Joe Flanigan ... Jeff
Juliet Mills ... Winnie
Tracy Reiner ... Michelle
Hope Alexander-Willis ... Marge
Harvey Miller Harvey Miller ... Dr. Johnson
Hector Elizondo ... Ernie
Almayvonne ... Rachel - Tech School (as Alma Yvonne)
Marvin Braverman 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprendiendo a vivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,624,445, 28 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,797,271, 20 June 1999
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

It is very evident that Daniel is mentally challenged, so the bartender giving him such a strong alcoholic drink is highly unrealistic. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Radley Tate: When you reach a certain age and you're not talking to your children, I think you're missing a very important part of the journey.
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Connections

Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Sidney James (uncredited)
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Are you people serious?
6 February 2003 | by hankpinkSee all my reviews

Touchstone pictures must be really working overtime to retroactively promote this movie if all these glowing reviews are any indication.

This movie is awful. Every instinct that the filmmakers followed was woefully misguided. Characters are introduced, then forgotten about, Diane Keaton improvises horribly in every one of her scenes, the music is scattershot and wholly inappropriate (The Animal Song? Equating retarded people with animals!?!), and far from last and far from least - the condescending manner in which it deals with disabled people.

I've seen this film six times, out of perverse fascination. Anyone who truly, TRULY believes this is a good film is simply perverse.


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