The Other Sister (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Other Sister1999

The Other Sister (1999)



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

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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.

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Diane Keaton
as Elizabeth
Harvey Miller
as Dr. Johnson
Marvin Braverman
as Uncle Sam Teacher
Laura D'Arista
as Statue of Liberty Teacher
James Emery
as Computer Teacher
Jake Wall
as School Registration Man
Zaid Farid
as Tech Principal
Debra Wiseman
as Tech School Student Alice
Sunny Hawkins
as Broken Toe Student
Dennis Creaghan
as Caroline's Minister
Jim Meskimen
as Carla's Minister
Julie Paris
as Wedding Coordinator
Pierson Blaetz
as Assistant Coordinator Mark
Steve Restivo
as Bakery Boss Vitello
Shannon Wilcox
as Danny's Mom Ruthie
Phil Redrow
as Ruthie's Boyfriend Tex
Adrienne Smith
as Bridesmaid Ginger
Gretchen Bingham
as Bridesmaid No. 1
Mariah Dobson
as Bridesmaid No. 3
Tom Hines
as Best Man
Gregg Goulet
as Cousin Teddy
David Sterns
as Usher No. 1
Benjamin Linder
as Usher No. 2
Ryan Hart
as Usher No. 3
Connie Engel
as Cousin Anne
Barbara Marshall
as Guest Cynthia
Frank Campenella
as Guest William
Norma Jean Jahn
as Guest Grace
Allan Kent
as Country Club Bartender
Joe Ross
as Maitre'D
Catherine McGoohan
as Country Club Lady No. 1
Julia Hunter
as Country Club Lady No. 2
Stephanie Kissner
as Country Club Member Stephanie
Joy Rosenthal
as Country Club Member Joy
Patrick Richwood
as Real Estate Agent
Jeanette Lee
as Black Widow Pool Player
Cassie Rowell
as Truck Girl Jenny
Anthony Russell
as Train Passenger
Bob Brunner
as Train Conductor
Richard Stahl
as Train Ticket Seller
Steven Daniel
as Band Master
Bud Markowitz
as Roselake Juggler
Jodi Johnson
as Roselake School Teacher
Shiri Appleby
as Free Sample Girl
Steve Maloney
as College Maintenance Man No. 1
David Ketchum
as College Maintenance Man No. 2
Monette Magrath
as Store Clerk
Jason Cottle
as Dog Trainer
Jenna Byrne
as Stewardess No. 1
Ali Gage
as Stewardess No. 2
Robert Malina
as Bus Driver
Bill Ferrell
as Bus Station Bartender
Charles Guardino
as Limo Driver
Natalie Ramsey
as Body Shot Girl
Scott Egan
as Body Shot Guy
Kendra Krull
as Young Carla
Brooke Garrett
as Young Caroline
Brighton McCloskey
as Young Heather
Jennifer Leigh Warren
as Dr. Johnson's Secretary
Colin MacDonald
as Mean Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Other Sister

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

I tell you what, if I see one more movie where two people suddenly bond while dancing together, or someone "grows up" before your eyes while cutting a rug, I'm gonna strangle myself.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A neatly wrapped made-for-TV homily!

January 1, 2000

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Has neither the imagination nor the reach of Forrest Gump.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

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

January 1, 2000

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
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
Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

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