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Lesbian partners Janine Nielssen (Brooke Shields) and Sandy Cataldi (Cherry Jones) decide to have a baby through artificial insemination. Sandy opts to be the biological mother, and she gives birth to a baby girl. Sadly, Sandy develops severe lupus, and dies a few years later. While Janine is intent on raising her daughter, Sandy's parents attempt to gain custody of the child. Determined not to give up custody, Janine seeks legal aid to help her case.

Cast & Crew

Brooke Shields
Janine Nielssen
Anne Meara
Evelyn Cataldi
Cherry Jones
Sandy Cataldi
Al Waxman
Frank Cataldi
Melanie Nicholls-King
Nora
Sean McCann
Judge Black
Barbra Streisand
Executive Producer
Cis Corman
Executive Producer
Whoopi Goldberg
Executive Producer
Craig Zadan
Executive Producer
Neil Meron
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Critic Reviews for What Makes a Family

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  • Lifetime's What Makes a Family certainly doesn't break, or even strain, any molds, and it's not particularly nuanced in presenting legal argument, but it's well-executed all around and makes its emotional point effectively.

    October 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Makes a Family

  • Feb 22, 2008
    PHENOMENAL MOVIE!!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, and Whoopi Goldberg are all great! Intriguing story plot.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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