The Other Sister (1999)

The Other Sister



Critic Consensus: Made-for-tv drama evokes anything but real emotion.

Movie Info

Twenty-four-year-old Carla Tate is a mentally challenged young woman who has spent several years at a sheltered private boarding school. Now she's coming home to her wealthy parents in northern California who are emotionally ill-equipped to deal with her and are guilt ridden over sending her away in the first place.

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving sex-related material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
Buena Vista


as Elizabeth

as Caroline

as Winnie

as Dr. Johnson

as Uncle Sam Teacher

as Statue of Liberty Te...

as Computer Teacher

as School Registration ...

as Tech Principal

as Tech School Student ...

as Broken Toe Student

as Caroline's Minister

as Carla's Minister

as Wedding Coordinator

as Assistant Coordinato...

as Bakery Boss Vitello

as Danny's Mom Ruthie

as Ruthie's Boyfriend T...

as Bridesmaid Ginger

as Bridesmaid No. 1

as Bridesmaid No. 3

as Best Man

as Cousin Teddy

as Usher No. 1

as Usher No. 2

as Usher No. 3

as Cousin Anne

as Guest Cynthia

as Guest William

as Guest Grace

as Country Club Bartend...

as Maitre'D

as Country Club Lady No...

as Country Club Lady No...

as Country Club Member ...

as Country Club Member ...

as Real Estate Agent

as Black Widow Pool Pla...

as Truck Girl Jenny

as Train Passenger

as Train Conductor

as Train Ticket Seller

as Band Master

as Roselake Juggler

as Roselake School Teac...

as Free Sample Girl

as College Maintenance ...

as College Maintenance ...

as Store Clerk

as Dog Trainer

as Stewardess No. 1

as Stewardess No. 2

as Bus Driver

as Bus Station Bartende...

as Limo Driver

as Body Shot Girl

as Body Shot Guy

as Young Carla

as Young Caroline

as Young Heather

as Dr. Johnson's Secret...

as Mean Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Other Sister

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (22)

Never manages more than a glib, TV movie-of- the-week glance at their lives.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Everything is reduced to a transparent formula. And everyone plays their schematic part.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Has neither the imagination nor the reach of Forrest Gump.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

The charming innocence in this unusual take on first love and first heartbreak gives THE OTHER SISTER its special quality.

January 1, 2000
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Mostly works thanks to lead performances.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Other Sister


Good acting and even entretaining, but The Other Sister present a strong sentimentalism and an embarrassing way to use the mental problems as a good plot.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


The puppet strings are readily apparent in this manipulation by Garry Marshall, but the puppets themselves, Lewis and Ribisi, are charming enough to fill the time.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


One of the most pleasant movies made about the mentally retarded people. It had that 'celebration of life' kind of feeling to it. Every time I hear 'Animal Song' this movie just pops into my head. The video of the song was a perfect testimonial to this movie.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

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