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The Other Sister

The Other Sister
The Other Sister
The Other Sister
  • PG-13
  • 2h 10m
  • 1999
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Even though Carla (Juliette Lewis) has grown into a very capable young woman, her nervous mother (Diane Keaton) still has a major meltdown when Carla announces she's in love for the first time! So as Carla and her new boyfriend (Giovanni Ribisi) set out to experience all of life's great adventures, they're also out to prove that Carla has earned her independence!
© 1999 Touchstone Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Made-for-tv drama evokes anything but real emotion.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Philip Martin

Giovanni Ribisi could be his generation's Dustin Hoffman... he could also be his generation's Richard Benjamin...

June 21, 2017
Palo Alto Weekly
Jim Shelby

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Overly sentimental movie is unlikely to interest teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film explores the challenges that a family faces when their developmentally-disabled daughter fights for independence and reacts to her own growing sexuality. The filmmakers take great care to introduce the young lovers (both of whom are mentally impaired) to sex in a mature and sensitive way. There is some kissing and they begin to undress, but with no actual nudity or foreplay. Language includes some terms associated with the human reproductive system. "Doing it" is the only way sexual intercourse is described. A young woman is seen in bed with her female sexual partner, and their lesbianism provides a separate challenge to some members of the family. There is alcohol consumption in social settings, and the young male lead purposefully gets drunk on two occasions and misbehaves.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:February 26, 1999
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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