My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Entertainment Rating: 3 of 5

Because of the tugging and pulling of your emotions, I had a hard time “enjoying” this film. It made me think a lot about the different relationships portrayed and the effects of having someone close to you with a terminal illness. If you just need a good cry, this might be a good one to watch.

Moral Rating: 3 of 5

Though being a full-blown tear-jerker, we didn't experience the full force of it having broken it up into two segments. I think the writers/directors tried a little too hard to pull at your emotions. We learn the importance of parent child communication, and that no matter how much we want something for our kids, we (as parents) have to realize that they are their own selves. Our children need to learn to make decisions on their own (hopefully supported by the example of the parents) and be accountable for them. Our job as parents should be to listen intently and provide needed guidance where we can.

I didn't care too much for Kate's little rendezvous in the hospital after the dance. True or not, we don't need to show kids that premarital sex is adventurous and might be OK if you think you'll never get a chance to be married, or that it's just something all teenagers do.

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