Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

What would you do to save the life of your child? If you are like most parents your answer would be, "Anything!!!" But, what if, to save this child you affected the life of another of your children. Is there a line you shouldn't cross? How far is too far? And what makes the life of one child more important than that of the others? These are just a few of the questions brought up in "My Sister's Keeper".

I usually take notes during the movies so I'll remember what I might want to use in my blog but I got so caught up in MSK that I hardly wrote anything at all. This was a very thought provoking movie. At times I wanted to question the sanity of the whole deal. Ponder this...one of your children is dying of Cancer so you genetically engineer another child for spare parts. It's kind of scary to think about.

Sara, the mom, played by Cameron Diaz, gained my sympathy because of her devotion to her terminally ill daughter Kate, while at the same time earning my loathing because of her treatment of her younger daughter, Anna (the spare part kid). She doesn't show any kind of affection toward Anna until the end of the movie. It leads me to wonder, if this were reality, would Anna ever be able to forgive Sara for not only creating her for a specific purpose but then, on top of everything else, making it so painfully obvious that she is not the cherished one? When Sara slaps Anna I was so wanting someone to step in but it never happened.

I usually go on and on about the different actors at this point but I don't want to stray too far from the film itself. I'll make it quick. I want to see Joan Cusack in more dramas/dramedies. I really hurt for her in this film. Jason Patric did a really good job as the dad. I especially liked him in the beach scene. The actors who played the siblings, Abigail Breslin (Anna), Sofia Vassilieva (Kate) and Evan Ellingson (Jesse) were incredibly believable. And I believe that everyone should have a Taylor (played by Thomas Dekker) in their life.

I would suggest against parents taking young children to this movie. Not only is there quite a bit of cussing but it's just too mature a subject for them. I agree with the PG-13 rating in most instances. PT is only 11 but Armat took her to see MSK. Do I disagree with her decision? Not at all. She knows what her daughter can handle and wouldn't have taken her if it would have affected her more than you would normally expect. I think that makes sense. I would like to add that it felt like things were missing from this movie. At one point it's mentioned that the brother turns his life around but we never saw him do anything really bad except come home late. He seemed to ride public transportation a lot but we never see where he goes.

I'm not quite sure how to recommend this movie. Is it a good idea for a date? Sure, if you don't mind blubbering all over your partner for the evening. I went by myself, as usual, and was glad I did. I came really close to being a complete mess. It did make me question, though, what I would do. Could I love a child so much that I would bring another into this world just to save them? Would I be okay with consigning the "spare part" child to a half-life in which a lot of their decisions/actions would have to be weighed as to how is would affect the beloved child? Could I really love a child I saw as the salvation of their sibling and still let/make them give up any chance at a normal childhood? I wanted so badly to judge the mom in this movie but how can I? I don't have children of my own and until I do I have no real idea the extent to which I, as a mother, might go. I do know what I would do for PT and that tells me a lot.

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