What a tremendous surprise I received when I started watching this movie. I had just read The Other Sister and was pleased to see it had been released as a movie. HA! What a joke on me. My "Other Sister" was a horror/suspense book about twins that had been separated and one had become evil. Quite a difference from this movie.
Juliette Lewis again brings her unique talent into quite a unusual role. Playing the part of a lightly mentally challenged person immersed in the preparations of her older sisters wedding. Diane Keaton, as the mother of the bride and of Lewis, does something she does so well, control the picture. The father is played by Tom Skerritt who isn't quite forceful but also plays a great force in the movie.
For someone so flamboyant, Lewis has two rather boring sisters. They have, however, always defended their sister and stand by her to the end. As a child, Lewis's parents put her in a home' and are now feeling the pressure for sending her away all those years. To compensate for this, they are now running the reverse, smothering her with love and attention. She however has become highly independent, a move that is backed entirely by Skerritt.
Entering college she meets Giovanni Ribisi, equally challenged, and falls in love. Mother hates it, father backs it, sisters applaud. In the end Ribisi pulls the old Graduate thing and crashes (literally) Caroline's wedding as an attempt to win Lewis over. Keaton blows her cool and refuses to acknowledge the relationship between these lovers, due to their limited mental capacity, Skerritt stands firm as usual, as do the sisters.
A beautiful movie, almost a hanky one. Some really interesting confrontations between Keaton and Lewis on the relationships between mother and daughter. Again, Lewis always surprises me with her range of acting. Her performance as a mentally challenged person in this movie almost had me believing she was afflicted.
Despite the slaps director Garry Marshall received for making such a maudlin movie, I say good for him. These issues aren't presented often enough and certainly not addressed from this point of view. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's only a movie.
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Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi perform admirably as developmentally different young adults who meet and fall in love. As the friends and family of the challenged, the supporting cast shows plenty of the expected love, support, and well-meaning anxiety, but also some refreshingly realistic impatience, frustration, and embarrassment.