What Makes a Family (2001)

What Makes a Family (2001)





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Co-produced by Barbra Streisand and Whoopi Goldberg, the made-for-TV What Makes a Family stars Brooke Shields, cast against type as a woman happily committed to a lesbian relationship. Yearning for a family of their own, Janine Nielsen (Shields) and her partner, Sandy Cataldi (Cherry Jones), elect to have a baby via artificial insemination, with Sandy as the biological mother. Alas, Sandy dies not long after the birth of her child, whereupon Janine is plunged into a legal hell by Sandy's parents (Anne Meara and Al Waxman), who sue to gain custody of the baby. Poignantly addressing a myriad of moral, legal, and ethical issues, What Makes a Family was ideally suited to air over the Lifetime cable network, where the film first aired on January 31, 2001.
Drama , Television
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Brooke Shields
as Janine Nielssen
Cherry Jones
as Sandy Cataldi
Anne Meara
as Evelyn Cataldi
Al Waxman
as Frank Cataldi
Whoopi Goldberg
as Terry Harrison
Jordy Benattar
as Heather
Joanne Vannicola
as Melissa Nielssen
Roberta Maxwell
as Claire Nielssen
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Michael Nielssen
Dean McDermott
as O'Brien
George Buza
as Reverend Greg Wasney
Philip Williams
as Martin Crane
Sean McCann
as Judge Black
Jayne Eastwood
as Judge Shales
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This movie is touching! I wouldn't take the kid away from the family she knew! Plus the little girl is cute!

Sara Muse
Sara Muse

PHENOMENAL MOVIE!!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, and Whoopi Goldberg are all great! Intriguing story plot.

Leo L
Leo L

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