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My Sister's Keeper
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12.08.2009 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Nick Cassavetes

Actors:
Cameron Diaz
Abigail Breslin
Jason Patric
Alec Baldwin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) is a test tube baby, conceived to provide replacement bone marrow, plasma, and organs to her Leukemia stricken sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). When Kate goes into kidney failure, Anna is expected to donate one of hers, but she has other plans. Tired of being nothing more than a source of spare parts, she- with the help of a crafty lawyer (Alec Baldwin), sues her parents (Cameron Diaz & Jason Patric) for medical emancipation.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MY SISTER`S KEEPER is the big screen adaptation of the Jodi Picoult bestseller. Nick Cassavetes, gives this the full NOTEBOOK treatment, stripping the book of any edge (or substance for that matter), and making yet another slick, big studio weepie, designed to push all the right emotional buttons, no matter how manipulative it has to be in the process.

Throughout the film, one can`t help but side with the precocious Breslin, which I`m not sure was the filmmaker `s intention, as her mother, as played by Cameron Diaz, comes as a hysterical bitch. Cassavetes is so bent on portraying Diaz as Kate`s tireless caretaker, that he doesn`t even have Diaz acknowledge her other two children in the film. Heck, Diaz only has two dialog scenes with Breslin, one of which ends in a slap, the other taking the form of a courtroom cross examination. It would have been nice if at least one scene had been included where it seems Diaz has any concern for her other children, but rather the whole film focuses on providing Diaz with teary, Oscar-bait sequences with the saintly Kate.

Probably the only good thing I can say about MY SISTER`S KEEPER, is that some of the supporting performances, particularly from Baldwin, Patric and young Breslin, are quite good. They make the film worth watching- at least until the shamelessly manipulative climax- which supposedly is a major departure from the thought provoking ending of Picoult`s book.
THE EXTRAS
MY SISTER'S KEEPER is surprisingly light on extras, with only some deleted scenes , a behind the scenes featurette, called From Picoult to Screen - which runs thirteen minutes, is in HD, and exclusive to the blu-ray, and a digital copy on tap.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you liked THE NOTEBOOK, or similarly manipulative films like PATCH ADAMS, you may like MY SISTER`S KEEPER. All others, including Jodi Picoult fans, should stay far away...
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