Your Sister's Sister

2012

Your Sister's Sister

Critics Consensus

Superbly acted and satisfyingly engaging, Your Sister's Sister subverts rom-com conventions with sensitive direction, an unconventional screenplay, and a big heart.

83%

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Total Count: 144

66%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 24,512
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Movie Info

A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom's best friend Iris (Emily Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris' sister Hannah (Rosemarie Dewitt) who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom's unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris' sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with raw, hilarious and emotional performances from the all-star cast. -- (C) IFC

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Cast

James Dodson
as Tom's Friend
Pete Erickson
as Tom's Friend
Evan Mosher
as Tom's Friend
Jennifer Maas
as Tom's Friend
Jeanette Maus
as Tom's Friend
Dori Hana-Scherer
as Tom's Friend
Dori Hana Scherer
as Tom's Friend
Steve Snoey
as Tom's Friend
Dusty Warren
as Tom's Friend
Seth Warren
as Tom's Friend
Mel Eslyn
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Katie Jarvis
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Jeremy Mackie
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Nathan M. Miller
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Nathan Miller
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Norm Tumolva
as Photography Studio Crew Member
Kate Bayley
as Waitress
Jason Braggs
as Diner Patron
John Lavin
as Diner Patron
Lee Luna
as Diner Patron
Petra Kjorsvik
as Diner Patron
Kohen Chin
as Young Boy #1
Beckett Chin
as Young Boy #2
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Critic Reviews for Your Sister's Sister

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (46)

  • It's comforting to watching dramatic and comic fiction regarding the things some of us actually have to deal with in life. When done right, those kinds of films are worth your time. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER happens to be one of them.

    Nov 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Chase Whale

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • Movies that start well and end badly occur often enough, and yet even knowing that is no preparation for what happens to Your Sister's Sister.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Deceptively meandering and unexpectedly complex, Your Sister's Sister combines a poignant, funny directness with a teasing incompleteness.

    Sep 6, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Good performances and a handy screenplay help things along, but these people find themselves more fascinating than I did.

    Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It certainly shows that fine films don't need big budgets, capturing some sweet lightning in an arresting bottle indeed.

    Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Romantic, funny, surprising and thoroughly involving, Your Sister's Sister is the rare film you give yourself over to completely.

    Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Your Sister's Sister

  • Dec 09, 2014
    Really damn good movie that subverts the typical rom-com tropes with a complex and unorthodox twist on the 'love' triangle. But really, I just found Emily Blunt to be absolutely adorable in this movie, hence why I rated this movie as highly as I did. Actually that's a lie. Emily Blunt is adorable here, but the film is really very good. The casting is absolutely tremendous. For a cast that only focuses on 3 characters for a great majority of it, you could not have asked for a better cast. Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie Dewitt compliment each other perfectly. I cannot complain on that front at all. If there was some improv here, then it was either very minimal or not particularly noticeable. I tend to think there was no improv whatsoever, with the exception of the scene where Jack and Hannah have sex and Jack, after finishing, squeals for some reason. Jack rapidly retorts 'sorry, I squealed' which made that moment somehow funnier. I think that's the only real ad-lib in the film, maybe I'm wrong. Plus, with the film's story being the way it is, it probably couldn't have been improvised for the most part. But the story is pretty damn interesting for the most part. These are characters all stuck at a crossroads in their lives. Jack, having lost his brother, has shut himself off from the world and just done nothing for a year, Iris being in love with her Jack, even though she used to date Jack's brother, and all that brings, and lastly Hannah getting out of a loveless relationship after seven years because she felt she couldn't wait any longer on her need to have a child. How all these peoples' issues come together is really satisfying and intelligent. This movie is, essentially, 90 minutes of people just talking and for someone who's reading this, that might sound a little boring, but it works. I was truly invested in this movie from the moment it began and it kept me hooked until it was over. Usually in movies, in general, you have this part, before the climax, where it just drags. This movie never drags, it's incredibly well-paced. There's also plenty of laughs, it's never truly laugh out loud funny, cause that's not what the movie is trying to do, but it's funnier than I would've expected going in. The comedy isn't really over-the-top or slapstick-y, it feels completely natural and organic. I know I didn't give this a flawless rating, but I'm having a hard time finding something that I may have disliked about this film. It's just really fucking good. And, despite the fact that it may have been an indie film, I think this does a good job at sort of avoiding the things that people may dislike about indie movies in general, and sort of find a happy middle ground. I think people who love indie rom-coms will love this and, while this isn't something super casual, it could also appeal to someone who's not particularly inclined toward this. It's a very hard thing to achieve, I would imagine, so props for that. As you can see, I was a big fan of this film. Thought it was really good and I regret not watching this much sooner. This is definitely worth watching.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2013
    Really nice movie. Very original depiction of an ordinary story... some very good performances. Love Emily Blunt...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    Just finished watching this and I was totally captivated by this unconventional drama. I hesitate to call it a romantic comedy. It is romantic, and there were moments that brought a chuckle, but this covered some pretty serious ground and did so in a way that really caused me to empathize with all three characters. It just about had me bawling at the end! And that, for me, is the best sign of all. I am leaning toward five stars, as I want to own this one. Fantastic acting by the three leads, beautiful scenery (I want to live there!), and some really great camera angles added up to a wonderful experience.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2013
    Your Sister's Sister is a charming indie dramedy that veers into predictability in the last thirty minutes, but is still appealing and funny thanks to a good cast and very naturalistic believable dialogue. It's not exceptionally great, but it works well enough and a welcome change of pace from other much more derivative rom-coms.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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