The Other Sister

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The Other Sister ★★ 1998 (PG-13)

Carla (Lewis) is the mentally challenged but exuberant member of the repressed Tate family. After leaving a “special school,” she convinces her uptight parents Elizabeth (Keaton) and Radley (Skerritt) to let her enroll in a vocational program. She meets and falls for fellow retarded student Danny (Ribisi), much to her parents' dismay. Love wins out, but the script is so sappy that a maple syrup factory could be built on it. Lewis and Ribisi do an admirable job of rising above the material, which was co-written by schmaltzmeister director Garry Marshall.129m/C VHS, DVD . Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Diane Keaton, Tom Skerritt, Poppy Montgomery, Linda Thorson, Juliet Mills, Hector Elizondo, Sarah Paulson, Joe Flanigan, Dina Merrill; D: Garry Marshall; W: Garry Marshall, Bob Brunner; C: Dante Spinotti; M: Rachel Portman.