Director Nick Cassavetes collaborates with screenwriter Jeremy Leven (The Notebook) for this drama about a pair of parents who resort to unorthodox methods in order to save their young daughter's life, only to find their decision coming back to haunt them in a manner neither could have ever foreseen. Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric) are coasting through life with their young son and daughter when tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Desperate to save their daughter's life at any cost, Sara and Brian conceive another child in hopes that the baby will be a genetic match. But that decision raises a series of moral and ethical questions that rapidly begin to erode the foundation of the once-happy couple's relationship. Incensed upon learning that she was brought into this world for the singular purpose of prolonging the life of her ailing older sister, the young girl (Abigail Breslin) ultimately decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Joan Cusack co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Sara and Brian Fitzgerald's life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has leukemia. The parents' only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate's life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna. Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) and Anna (Abigail Breslin) share a bond closer than most sisters: though Kate is older, she relies on her little sister--in fact, her life depends on Anna. Throughout their young lives, the sisters endure various medical procedures and hospital stays--just another part of their close-knit family's otherwise normal life. Sara (Cameron Diaz), a loving wife and mother who left her career as an attorney to care for her daughter, is sometimes lost inside the single-minded caregiver she has become in her efforts to save Kate. Her strong, supportive husband, Brian (Jason Patric), is often rendered powerless and passive by his wife's strength and determination. And their only son, Jesse (Evan Ellingson), drifts, at times all but forgotten as Kate and Anna take center stage. Until Anna, now 11, says no. Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her own lawyer (Alec Baldwin), initiating a court case that divides the family and that could leave Kate's rapidly failing body in the hands of fate.
Cancer -- Patients -- Family relationships -- United States -- Drama.
Sisters -- United States -- Drama.
Mothers and daughters -- United States -- Drama.
Human reproductive technology -- United States -- Drama.
Families -- United States -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :New Line Home Entertainment,2009
|Edition||Widescreen and full screen.|
|Other Titles|| My sister's keeper.
1945 December 27-
Goldman, Scott L.
Breslin, Abigail, 1996-
Baldwin, Alec, 1958-
Vassilieva, Sofia, 1992-
Cusack, Joan, 1962-
Picoult, Jodi, 1966- My sister's keeper.
New Line Cinema Corporation.
New Line Home Entertainment (Firm)
Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking.
In English and Spanish; with optional English and Spanish subtitles; with optional English and Spanish subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult.
Special features: over 15 minutes of additional scenes.
DVD; region 1; dual-layer format; widescreen and full screen (1.33:1); Dolby digital; Dolby digital 5.1.
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.