Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Flicks: My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

About the movie: THE NOTEBOOK's Nick Cassavetes directs another tearjerking literary adaptation with this drama based on Jodi Picoult's novel. Cameron Diaz takes a detour from comedy to play Sara, the domineering mother of Kate (Sofia Vassilieva, MEDIUM), a young girl with cancer. Sara’s other daughter, 11-year-old Anna (Abigail Breslin), was conceived just to serve as a donor for her sick sister. On the outskirts of the family are father Brian (Jason Patric), who feels unable to stand up to his wife’s strength, and son Jesse (Evan Ellingson), who craves attention in the face of Kate’s illness. But the complicated situation gets more difficult when Anna hires a lawyer (played by the always excellent Alec Baldwin), so that she can control her own body and say "no" to giving a kidney to her sister. Cassavetes and Picoult both traffic in tears, so MY SISTER’S KEEPER is a perfect match between director and source writer. Even the most jaded viewers will find it hard to keep their eyes dry in the face of this emotional family tragedy, so audiences are warned to have tissues parked next to their popcorn. This drama’s stellar cast also includes Thomas Dekker as Kate’s cancer-stricken love and Joan Cusack as the judge who presides over Anna’s case.
-Synopsis taken from Rotten Tomatoes

From me: This movie is taken from the book written by Jodi Picoult. The book was amazing and so is the movie. There are differences though: Where the book seems to focus more on Anna and her battle to be medically emancipated; the movie seems to focus more on Kate's life with Anna's emancipation as a sideline story. It actually works out really well and I was not disappointed in the least by the movie or the changes from the book. The one major difference you will find between Jodi's book and the movie is that, where Jodi writes about a controversial subject and normally manages to surprise and even shock you with her ending; the movie's ending is completely expected, and I wouldn't have it any other way. My Sister's Keeper is worth watching, just be prepared with a box of Kleenex. I bawled through the whole thing!

Those with weak stomach's be warned, there's alot of throwing up and blood shown.
Oh, also, don't watch it while the kids' are awake. Unless you want to explain why there is throwing up, bald heads and why exactly buckets of tears are pouring down your face...the kids just won't get it and you'll miss all the good parts of the movie.

Disclaimer: This movie was rented, by me, for my enjoyment and sharing it with you was my idea. I have not accepted anything in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.