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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anna Fitzgerald
Walter Raney ... Pawn Shop Proprietor
... Kate Fitzgerald
... Sara Fitzgerald
... Aunt Kelly
... Brian Fitzgerald
... Jesse Fitzgerald
... Campbell Alexander
... Gloria (as Nicole Lenz)
Paul Butler ... Jesse age 3 (as Paul Christopher Butler)
Olivia Hancock ... Kate age 2
... Dr. Wayne
... Dr. Farquad
John DeRosa ... EMT (as John De Rosa)
... EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)
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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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Drama | Family

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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26 June 2009 (USA)  »

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La decisión más difícil  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,442,212, 28 June 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,200,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,714,875
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Producer Scott Goldman optioned the rights to Jodi Picoult's book before it was even published. See more »

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In the scene where Kate is getting chemo and she's talking to Taylor, her hair switches from behind her ear to in front and back depending on the camera angle. See more »

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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 Midnight Screenings: The Book of Henry (2017) See more »

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Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Written by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown
Produced by Aaron Zigman
Performed by Elizabeth Daily (as E.G. Daily)
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Potential Story with a Promising Beginning, Confused Screenplay and Melodramatic Conclusion (15 October 2009)
16 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara (Cameron Diaz) 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 (Sofia Vassilieva) 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.

"My Sister's Keeper" has a potential story with a promising beginning. However, the screenplay entwines flashback of situations of Kate's cancer sometimes in a confused way and has a melodramatic conclusion that could be shorter. The greatest problem is the shallow and unrealistic Hollywoodian approach, reducing the strength of the powerful drama, and I believe that this theme would be better explored by an independent director in a more realistic environment. The teenager Sofia Vassilieva has an awesome performance and Cameron Diaz is also great in the role of a mother that becomes obsessed to save her daughter and forgets her family. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Prova de Amor" ("A Proof of Love")


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