1. My Sister’s Keeper (Warner Brothers, 2,606 Theaters, 109 Minutes, Rated PG-13): For those of you still reeling from the deaths of all those famous people in the past few days/weeks, here’s something to get your mind off things–a film about kids with cancer! Yay! Fun!
But, wait! It gets worse! The trailers make this out to be a heartwarming story of a whole family that comes together when one of the children of the family gets cancer. As anyone who has read the novel the film is based on knows that is not the plot.
What this film is really about is a second child, born to a perfect genetic match for the older, cancer stricken one, who balks at being an organ donor for her sister when the older sibling’s kidney fails. The younger sibling, played by Abigail Breslin, sues for the right to choose what to do with her own body. Takes the film from maudlin to gut wrenching, doesn’t it?
I wonder how many patrons will walk out of the theater after seeing this, thinking a bait and switch was done on them?