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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.


Anjelica Huston


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




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 ... 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


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

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Did You Know?


Based on the original novel "Riding the Bus with my Sister" by Rachel Simon. See more »


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 »


Beth Simon: Love just happens.
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Featured in Gilmore Girls: Always a Godmother, Never a God (2005) See more »

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So bad it goes beyond good and back into bad
7 June 2005 | by riderpridethemovieSee all my reviews

Rosie O'Donnell can act. She was great as the wiseacre in A League of Their Own and passable in a similar role in the sequel to Stakeout. Since I'm being generous, her talk show was even entertaining at times, if you go in for that celebrity-fawning type of thing. But this performance is so embarrassingly awful you might question whether she is indeed acting or if she has been struck with what her character suffers from. How else to explain her choices? Mismatched pastel Chuck Taylors with a Tweety Bird T-shirt? A voice somewhere between Pee-wee Herman and Yoda, but without the likability? If Rosie really wanted to do something for the mentally challenged, she would have stuck to executive producing and hired an actual mentally challenged actor. It's not like they could do any worse. From the Forrest Gump pose on a bench on the DVD cover to the Rainmanesque quips, she seems to be changing her characterization every scene. And let's not forget who directed? John Huston's very own daughter. I mean Anjelica Huston must have watched her dad's films. She was practically married to Jack Nicholson so she must have watched his films. Do you not think just a little bit of that talent might have rubbed off on her? This is clearly ego run amok. High-profile celebrities trying "to make a difference" but just demonstrating how woefully out-of-touch they are.

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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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1.33 : 1
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