Wanna come to my place and listen to some marching band
What're you nuts?
Other Sister is the story of a rich Republican
family, the Tates, who have three daughters and one
of them, Carla, is mentally retarded.
movie opens with 24-year-old Carla Tate (Juliette "
I'm switching agents as we speak" Lewis) returning
home from the "special" boarding school her
mother Elizabeth (Diane "Still a looker" Keaton)
sent her to for 10 years.
Dearest wants to control Carla and mold her into a little
Martha Stewart, but Carla wants no part of it. Carla
wants to get her own apartment, go to vocational school
and have sex (not at the vocational school per
aside- wait till you get a load of Keatons clotheswhoever
designed them, was the real retahded person.
many fights with her parents, Carla gets her way and
goes to school where she meets, Danny (Giovanni "Kissy
lips" Ribisi) who is also mentally challenged.
Keep in mind, this is a Gary Marshall movie, so nothing
is too close to reality. Remember, he created Happy
Days and Laverne and Shirley. His reality
can be a tad distorted and sappy at best. His last two
movies really jumped into the barf bag; Dear God
and the hideous S&M comedy Exit to Eden (Rosie
ODonnell in dominatrix clothes! What kind of thinking
is this?) It's weird cause I still adore Marshall...
Carla and Danny are the most well behaved mentally retarded
people youll ever meet. God forbid, they should
offend anyone or make the audience uncomfortable. I've
got family members who act weirder than them! Me included!
They dont even use the "R" word in the
whole movie. God forbid, its too realistic.
one really annoying thing about Danny though, is the
fact that he LOVES marching band music. Hes always
playing it. Meanwhile Carla loves Billie Holiday. Men!
Whether theyre supposedly "normal" or
not, theres just no accounting for their taste.
their courtship, Danny and Carla "do it" for
the first time on Thanksgiving Day. Then at a big hoity
toity Christmas soiree with Carlas parents, Danny
gets drunk, grabs a microphone and tells everyone what
they did. (Guys just cant keep it zippedflies
or lips.) Big fight. Danny and Carla break upfor
a while. Afterwards, in a scene reminiscent of The
Graduate, Danny gets Carla back. You gotta see
it to believe it. Or not believe it.
Other Sister could have been good, but the films
sugary veneer makes it just another cranked out Hollywood
movie designed to please everyone and make money. It
is doing neither...Ironic huh?
Lewis and Giovanni Ribisispaghetti did their best with
poo-poo. It was only due to an admoration for them I
stayed the whole annoying time wondering if anyone at
the studio test screened this- for folks other than
recommendation: Anything sugar coated.
Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, Diane Keaton
by: Gary Marshall
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