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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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2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Romantic Comedy About Letting Go! 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

Juliette Lewis was just out of rehab when Marshall cast her. The insurance company for the film didn't want to insure her, so Marshall put up the money himself. See more »

Goofs

When Carla and her mother are having the sex talk in the park, Juliette Lewis starts to talk very loudly and Diane Keaton looks directly at the camera while trying to quiet her. See more »

Quotes

Daniel McMann: I love to drink, Ernie.
Ernie: Yeah?
Daniel McMann: Yeah, it makes ya feel good. Is that why people drink?
Ernie: Some to be happy, some to forget, some to be brave.
Daniel McMann: Ya know, I feel really brave, Ernie.
Ernie: No, only cowards get brave that way.
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Connections

Referenced in Drawn Together: The Other Cousin (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I'm Yours
Written by Van McCoy
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The best movie I've seen in years.
22 March 1999 | by gowdy-2See all my reviews

I am an avid movie fan. I see one-two movies per week and this is the best one I've seen in a really long time. Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi both put in fabulous performances, as did Diane Keaton.

I laughed, cried and waited in anticipation for the next scene. As a mother, I struggled right along with Diane Keaton as to what was really best for her daughter. I saw this movie with my fourteen year old daughter, who was also touched by the portrayals.

Rarely do I pay full price to see a movie again, but I know I will be taking other people to see this movie. The first being my older daughter who is also striving to gain her independence, but still remain connected to her family.


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