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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

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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.

Director:

Nick Cassavetes

Writers:

Jeremy Leven (screenplay), Nick Cassavetes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abigail Breslin ... Anna Fitzgerald
Walter Raney Walter Raney ... Pawn Shop Proprietor
Sofia Vassilieva ... Kate Fitzgerald
Cameron Diaz ... Sara Fitzgerald
Heather Wahlquist ... Aunt Kelly
Jason Patric ... Brian Fitzgerald
Evan Ellingson ... Jesse Fitzgerald
Alec Baldwin ... Campbell Alexander
Nicole Marie Lenz ... Gloria (as Nicole Lenz)
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Jesse age 3 (as Paul Christopher Butler)
Olivia Hancock Olivia Hancock ... Kate age 2
Jeffrey Markle ... Dr. Wayne
Emily Deschanel ... Dr. Farquad
John DeRosa John DeRosa ... EMT (as John De Rosa)
Marcos A. Ferraez ... EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La decisión más difícil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

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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Color (DeLuxe)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cameron Diaz wore a bald cap instead of shaving off her own hair. This was more for practical reasons as Diaz only needed to be bald for just two scenes. See more »

Goofs

Kate's mother is pursued by the "Make-A-Wish Foundation" because Kate is dying. The Make-A-Wish Foundation "grants wishes" for children with a life-threatening medical condition. They don't specifically seek out children who are dying. Kate would have probably been offered the chance to accept a "wish" when she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer as a child, and this is not only specific to Make-A-Wish. Most of these foundations follow the same guidelines throughout the US and Canada, and don't give preference to dying kids, but to any kid who suffers from a life-threatening condition. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Connections

References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

We All Fall in Love Sometimes
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Courtesy of Nicholas Hill's Music Faucet
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We make choices in life every day, and you should make a choice and see this movie
24 June 2009 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian Fitzgerald (Jason Patric) have just been informed that their young daughter Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) has leukemia, and that she only has a few years to live. The doctor suggests to the parents that they try an unorthodox medical procedure of producing another child in a test-tube that would be a perfect match as a donor for Kate. Sara will try anything to save Kate, and they have a new baby Anna (Abigail Breslin) to be used as a donor for Kate. The first thing they use is blood from the umbilical cord for Kate. As years go on, the doctors must take bone marrow from Anna to give to Kate. At age 11, the next thing Anna must give to her sister is a kidney. Anna has had enough of all of these medical procedures, and she decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation and the right to decide how her body will be used. The whole family is being torn apart by Anna's decision because everyone knows what will happen to Kate if she doesn't get a new kidney.

(My Comment) Everyone knows from the movie trailer that the story is about a young girl who has cancer. You would think that it would be a depressing movie, but you would be wrong. It is a story of some of the choices we make in life. Having a test-tube baby as body parts for another child was a choice made by the parents. Anna wanting to stop giving her body to her sister was a choice. As with all choices, there are consequences. Kate will die without a new kidney. There are many very hard choices in life and in death that we must make, and this is a good movie to show you the way. Diaz as the pragmatic lawyer who was fighting to the very end for her daughter lost focus on life, and the rest of her family. I believe that this is Diaz's best part and performance as an actress. Sofia Vassilieva played Kate, who was in pain for most of her life. Sofia played Kate so well that you could see the helplessness in her eyes as she fights for her life. Anna was also part of this pain, and Abigail Breslin played this part as a professional. Actually, the whole cast was outstanding throughout the film. I loved the collaged scrapbook with voice-over and flashbacks that Kate made to give to her mother. This is a good movie to see with your loved ones. (New Line Cinema, Run Time 1:49, Rated PG-13) (10/10)


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