My Sister's Keeper (PG-13)

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by By GARY COGILL / WFAA-TV

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Posted on June 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 22 at 6:32 PM

My Sister's Keeper

Gary Cogill's review

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My Sister's Keeper might be the most depressing summer film ever released, and there's a good reason - it's about a child with terminal cancer and her dysfunctional family.

Abigail Breslin plays, Anna, a child conceived merely as a blood and bone marrow donor for her sick sister, Kate. The sisters do love each other, but at the age of 11, Anna decides to sue her own family.

My Sister's Keeper never shies away from Kate's illness, a part played well by Sofia Vassilieva, and - yes - it's often difficult to watch. Cameron Diaz plays her overbearing protective mom, and Jason Patric plays her soft-spoken fireman father.

This is not a well-balanced home.

My Sister's Keeper is written and directed by Nick Cassavetes who directed The Notebook, a breeze compared to this difficult-to-watch film. It's also an uneven movie - profound and insightful one minute, heavy-handed and manipulative the next.

My Sister's Keeper is rated PG-13 and is consistantly earnest in its approach, but it lacks focus and faith and often feels like it has no center.

To be honest, I would rather see a documentary about a real family dealing with this crisis, instead of a fictional family trying to act real.

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