My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

Nick Cassavetes (2009)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Based on the bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult, this drama attempts to take a fresh look at the hardship of terminal disease. Cameron Diaz stars as the frantic mother of two daughters, one (Abigail Breslin) conceived specifically to donate blood cells to her sister (Sofia Vassilieva), who is dying of leukaemia. Writer/director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) can't keep the story from feeling maudlin at times, regardless of numerous pop montages, but the casting of Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as the donor child certainly helps. Her candid remarks challenge the softly-softly approach of her parents, especially when she decides that she doesn't want to give up a kidney, going so far as to hire a lawyer (Alec Baldwin). Unfortunately, the intriguing court case that ensues too often takes second place to the clichéd soap opera at home, and while there are touching and sincere moments, even these are undermined by an unlikely last-minute twist.


A couple whose daughter develops leukaemia have another child to eventually provide a donor organ for her sister. However, as the younger child enters her teens and learns why she was born, she rejects the arrangement and hires a lawyer to seek legal separation from her parents. Drama, starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin and Alec Baldwin.

Cast & Crew

Sara Fitzgerald Cameron Diaz
Anna Fitzgerald Abigail Breslin
Campbell Alexander Alec Baldwin
Kate Fitzgerald Sofia Vassilieva
Brian Fitzgerald Jason Patric
Dr Farquad Emily Deschanel
Jesse Fitzgerald Evan Ellingson
Aunt Kelly Heather Wahlquist
Director Nick Cassavetes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray