My Sister's Keeper

  • 12
  • Nick Cassavetes (2009)
  • US
  • 104 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin and Abigail Breslin. Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to provide blood, bone marrow and stem cells for her teenage sister Kate who suffers from leukaemia. But when it's decided that Anna should donate a kidney to help save Kate's life, she throws the family into crisis by hiring a lawyer to protect her interests.

Cast and crew


Sara Fitzgerald
Cameron Diaz
Campbell Alexander
Alec Baldwin
Anna Fitzgerald
Abigail Breslin
Judge De Salvo
Joan Cusack
Taylor Ambrose
Thomas Dekker
Kate Fitzgerald
Sofia Vassilieva
Brian Fitzgerald
Jason Patric
Jesse Fitzgerald
Evan Ellingson
Aunt Kelly
Heather Wahlquist


Nick Cassavetes

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Jun 2009
Certificate 12