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Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 1 May 2005
A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Rachel Simon (book), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosie O'Donnell ... Beth Simon
Andie MacDowell ... Rachel Simon
Richard T. Jones ... Jesse
D.W. Moffett ... Rick
Roberta Maxwell ... Valerie
Peter Cockett Peter Cockett ... Sam
Tom Barnett ... Bobby
Jayne Eastwood ... Estella
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Olivia
Allegra Fulton ... Vera
Boyd Banks ... Henry
Shauna MacDonald ... Nona
Simon Reynolds ... Morris
Vijay Mehta ... Pradlip
Diane Bald Diane Bald ... Art Dealer
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Storyline

A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Riding the Bus with My Sister (#54.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

D.W. Moffett was living out of his car when he first received this role, but during filming he met someone that offered him a free lease and a key. When asked about other aspiring actors that are contemplating moving to LA, he said "try it out." See more »

Goofs

When Beth and Rachel are grocery shopping, there are cans of soda in the shopping cart. Cut to the next scene when Rachel puts groceries into her trunk, there were no soda cans in the cart and none were put in the trunk before Rachel shut it and got into the car. See more »

Quotes

Beth Simon: Hey Rachael, I put 7 red fishies inside of this can, do you think they can swim in cola? I sure hope so I would hate to drown them.
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Connections

Featured in Gilmore Girls: Always a Godmother, Never a God (2005) See more »

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Very good, especially O'Donnell
10 May 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Beth is mentally challenged and can't hold a job, but she is able to live by herself, with some help from her father. Her favorite activity is riding the various buses in her city, and she considers many of the bus drivers to be friends (Eugene is an exception), as well as a number of passengers. Some of the passengers, though, find her annoying and wish she would get a job and stop living off the government. Beth also has a boyfriend Jesse who is a lot like her but can work. Beth is white and Jesse is black, but this doesn't seem to be shown as a problem.

Beth's sister Rachel has a fast-paced career as a big-city fashion photographer. She has to put her life on hold when the girls' father dies, because someone has to make sure Beth is taken care of. Otherwise Beth will end up in a group home, which she doesn't want to do again. There is a brother and a stepmother (and a mother who has long since lost any chance of reviving a relationship with her daughters), but Rachel ends up having to take the responsibility. This puts her relationship with her boyfriend at risk.

I find Rosie O'Donnell annoying when she is being herself or playing a character like her. Beth was ten times worse, at first. But seeing how much almost everyone cared about her made me feel the same way, and I soon felt bad whenever Beth was mistreated. O'Donnell effectively showed not only the normal behavior of someone mentally disabled, but she did quite well in unusual situations. And she carefully showed a tic that Beth often had before speaking.

Andie MacDowell also did quite well as the flawed but appealing character of Rachel. Rachel could be impatient and somewhat selfish, but her concern for her sister won out. D. W. Moffett also stood out as Beth's favorite bus driver Rick.

Some unsettling but effective flashbacks to the girls' early life showed the events that helped lead to who they became.

Overall, this was well done.


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