The Other Sister

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Released 1999

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Director:
Garry Marshall
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
The Other Sister is a 1999 romantic comedy directed by Gary Marshall. Carla Tate (Juliette Lewis), an ambitious mentally challenged woman, returns home after completing her special education certificate program. Uncomfortable living with her overbearing mother, Elizabeth Tate (Diane Keaton) and dentist father Radley (Tom Skerritt), Carla starts taking classes at a polytechnic high school to earn her diploma and escape their fussing. At school, Carla meets Daniel McMann (Giovanni Ribisi), who is also mentally challenged, and falls in love. Carla admires Daniel's independence and soon convinces her parents that it is time for her to become independent as well. With her parent's help, Carla rents an apartment and sets out on life on her own. When Daniel gets drunk at a family Christmas party and announces the details of his relationship with Carla, Carla's parents are angry and confused. Now, Carla must prove she has earned her independence or give up and return home.

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  • 50

    Variety

    A sweet, at times cloying confection enlivened by strong performances in the central roles.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    What redeems the film…are its three outstanding performances.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    By coddling viewers and micromanaging our responses, The Other Sister shows almost as little respect for the audience as Elizabeth does for her feisty, underappreciated daughter.

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Comedy, Drama

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Romantic Comedy