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Pretty Bad: 24.07%
Total Crap: 22.22%

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Other Sister, The
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by Hawkboy

"See it for the acting alone."
4 stars

Fuck you, I liked this movie.

Call me a sissy. Call me a wuss. I don't care. I recognize that the film was manipulative as anything. It doesn't bother me. I realise that a few short months ago, I bashed "Patch Adams" for being manipulative, overly sentimental, and exploitative, three things that this movie is, and with a pungence at times. Listen: All I know is that I knew that the movie was yanking relentlessly at my heartstrings, and I just...went along with it.

Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi are tremendously cute together, and they managed to seem "challenged" without seeming too stagy or over-the-top. They seemed like real people, and after a while, you stopped thinking of them as actors playing mentally handicapped people, and just as regular folk. There's a scene where they're yelling at each other, and I didn't see it as an actor's showcase, an Academy Award tryout, or anything other than two people pouring their hearts out to each other. Ribisi and Lewis are two exceptionally brave performers, and they manage to breathe life into their characters so that you honestly care about them, and their behaviour isn't motivated by plot - they seem like real people.

This is not a perfect movie by any standard - there are moments where the plot threatens to take over and turn it into a TV movie of the week, but this is first and foremost an actor's movie, and the two leads turn it into something that warmed my heart on a cold winter's night.

Sentimental movies aren't necessarily all that bad - if done well, they can transcend their somewhat dubious genre and take on a spirit all their own. "Patch Adams" chose to stick rigidly to its limitations and cookie-cutter characters, and so it didn't move me. "The Other Sister" excels because of its characters, who are individuals and are special because of it.

It will never win an Oscar, but it made me happy to be alive. And that's what movies are for.

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User Comments

2/28/13 Andrew What a Boring movie! 1 stars
6/23/08 Shannon Beckloff I think this the cutest movie! I absolutely LOVE it!!! 5 stars
11/08/05 ralin alberca its a wholesome movie, teachers must see it 4 stars
8/22/05 Naka NO. An absolute affront. You people are retarded. 1 stars
7/15/05 Beau Geste I think it's one of those 1*or 5* films. I gave it 5 5 stars
3/24/04 Pam Be Dextrous What role did Joanna Goiong play in this? I sure don't remember her in this. 4 stars
9/28/03 JJ What a heart-felt well acted movie and with a happy ending! 4 stars
7/07/03 Terrance Rogers I seen and STILL don't know as much about retarted people so i'll leave it at that! 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Wow, retarded people have the best one-liners; no basis in reality 2 stars
9/26/02 snowconehead This movie is about puppies, two little puppies 5 stars
5/16/02 Allison Lafferty Why wasn't Juliette Lewis nominated (at least) for best actress? 5 stars
9/01/01 Butterbean It's full of shit, but touching. I think Ribisi is really retarded. 4 stars
6/20/01 Colin Foster I'm afraid real life is much harsher than this. Mainstream hollywood just cannot handle le 3 stars
6/14/01 Poxont Great, funny film. Lewis & Ribisi fantastic as usual! 4 stars
12/28/00 Turtle This is a cinematic masterpiece. Funny and touching. 5 stars
4/11/00 Elvisfan Ugh, kill me...this was agony & couldn't see the entire thing 1 stars
4/25/99 shona cameron excellent 5 stars
4/08/99 Big Jimmy was i supposed to be laughing at them or with them? 1 stars
3/23/99 Jenna this movie rocked, it was so good and believable 5 stars
3/19/99 Negative Creep My image of Juliette Lewis as a sexpot has been shattered! Arrrgghh! 3 stars
3/12/99 Briona I thought it was great. It even got me to cry, so hey, don't dis it! 4 stars
3/05/99 Mboga Touching and well acted. 4 stars
3/04/99 Ebert Shameless in it's use of the handicapped as a gimmick. 1 stars
3/02/99 EmmetOtter A chick flick. My wife and her sister loved it. My nephews and I died of boredom. 1 stars
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