11-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) sues her parents for medical emancipation; she’s tired of having her body used as a spare parts reserve for her cancer-stricken sister (Sofia Vassilieva). Nick Cassavetes knows how to make reasonably compelling films, but his inability to create something that makes them rise above the standard TV movie-of-the-week is obvious in this tale. The acting is fine and the screenplay is well structured with flashbacks that make us understand the family’s background. There are touching moments, but one is always aware of the manipulation, which becomes an obstacle.
2009-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. Novel: Jodi Picoult. Cast: Cameron Diaz (Sara Fitzgerald), Abigail Breslin (Anna Fitzgerald), Alec Baldwin (Campbell Alexander), Jason Patric, Joan Cusack, Sofia Vassilieva.
Trivia: Elle and Dakota Fanning were allegedly considered for the parts of the sisters.