Other Sister, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: -1 1/2

THE OTHER SISTER could very well be the surprise box office hit of the year. It is the very funny, but touching story of a slightly retarded 24 year old woman, Carla Tate (Juliette Lewis), who falls in love with a slightly retarded young man named Daniel(Giovanni Ribisi). Carla enrolls in a public high school in her home town, against the strong protests of her overly protective mother played brilliantly by Diane Keaton. Daniel befriends Carla at school, and, as they go out and get involed in lots of amusing escapades , their friendship grows into a profound love. Before long, they start talking about having sex, most of which amounts to humorous conversations between two people who know very little about the subject. Meanwhile, Carla's two sisters are also having romantic affairs, one of them a lesbian relationship of one of her sisters. The other sister is engaged to marry a handsome, well educated young man. This leads to hilarious scenes at wedding parties and a church wedding which Carla and Daniel almost destroy. It appears that Carla and Daniel will also be having their own wedding, but difficulties arise. This appealing story will make audiences laugh, cry, and deeply sympathize with the lovable retarded couple.

Although funny, the sexual conversations between Carla and Daniel are rather explicit and the couple eventually does have sex. In this scene, Carla and Daniel undress to their underwear and go into a bedroom where sex is implied, but not shown. Carla has an explicit discussion with her mother about sex, as her mother exorts her not to become sexually involved with anyone. Carla's mother and father(Tom Skerritt) are loving , supportive parents and her sisters also love Carla. At a family meal, her father prays to God. Carla's mother and sisters feel that homosexuality is acceptable, but Carla's mother has difficulty in adjusting to her daughter's lesbian affair. Happily, the dialogue is virtually free of foul language, but two mild profanities are spoken. Although explicit, the sexual discussions between Carla and Daniel are not crude, and the couple has every intention of marrying. But their sexual relationship is portrayed as fun and exciting and implies that pre-marital sex is acceptable. It's a shame that this heartwarming comedy is filled with overly explicit sexual content and misguided messages.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Twice-Mild

Obscene Language: Once-comical reference to male genitals

Profanity: Few(4) Times - Regular Twice(For God's Sake, God), Exclamatory -Twice(OMG,MG)

Violence: Few Times - Moderate (Boy pushed downstairs, rough treatment of people)

Sex: Implied once (boy and girl in underwear go into bedroom)

Nudity: Near Nudity-Few times (girl shown in underwear, boy and girl in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many Times-Not Crude (humorous discussions of sex ,discussions of homosexuality, comical references to sex and sexual parts of female body, boy and girl look at book on sex with illustrations, boy discusses sex with prostitute)

Drugs: Few Times-Despondent boy gets drunk, social drinking at wedding parties.

Other: Woman and others approve of homosexuality, father prays to God at family meal, church wedding and religion portrayed favorably.

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and adults

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