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Interview: Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne

Adam, a socially dysfunctional young man (Hugh Dancy) begins a relationship with the woman of his dreams (Rose Bryne) in a quirky love story that will inspire even the men to shed a tear. 

Described as funny, sad, and sweet, the film's stars Hugh Dancy (CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC), Rose Byrne (KNOWING) and director Max Mayer (The West Wing, Alias) tell our CineMovie's Alysha Del Valle what to expect from this emotional roller coaster movie.  Break out the tissues for this interview.

ADAM will open on Wednesday, July 29th at:
(Opens Nationwide August 28th)
The Landmark (Westside Pavilion), Los Angeles
Pacific Arclight, Hollywood
Angelika Film Center, New York
Lincoln Plaza, New York

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Studio:    Fox Searchlight
Genres:    Comedy, Drama And Romance
Release Date:    July 29, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating:    PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language.
Starring:    Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison, Mark Linn-Baker
Directed By:    Max Mayer
Produced By:    Christina Weiss Lurie, Dean Vanech, Miranda De Pencier
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Movie Reviews & Clip: ORPHAN

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child named Esther. 

Meet little orphan Esther from ORPHAN in this scene ("It's always better to burn the evidence) from ORPHAN as she tries to rid the evidence of her dastardly deeds and take someone else down. 

Studio:    Warner Bros. Pictures
Genres:    Horror Thriller
Release Date:    July 24, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:    rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language
Starring:    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder
Directed By:    Jaume Collet-Serra
Produced By:    Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Erik Olsen, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Don Carmody, Steve Richards
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Movie Reviews & Clip: The Ugly Truth

Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl is a romantically challenged morning show producer who takes advice from Gerard Butler, a chauvinistic correspondent, on how to hook a guy.  

In this clip (watch above) from THE UGLY TRUTH (Babes Wrestling in Jello), Heigl watches Butler in action with two sexy clad bikini girls.  

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CineMovie sent a movie fan Angela O'Brien to see an early screening of THE UGLY TRUTH and this is what she had to say about the movie.


Film critics across the country are giving poor reviews to "The Ugly Truth", saying that it's misogynistic content is degrading to women and intent on setting back the progress of the women's movement. However, the truth of the matter is if you have a sense of humor and want to have a good time, this movie is really funny and enjoyable.
Abby (Katherine Heigl) is a tightly wound producer of a miserably failing Sacramento newscast. In an attempt to boost ratings, the station manager hires Mike (Gerard Butler), a the host of a cable access program telling me the "ugly truth" about women and relationships. Soon the 9am newscast, anchored by a married couple whose spark has fizzled out, is spiced up with Jell-o wresting twins and tips on the sex lives of monkeys and why they fare better with the opposite sex than humans. Abby, who is also miserably failing in the dating world, goes to Mike with a bet.  If he helps her land the man of her dreams, Colin (Eric Winter), who just moved in next-door, she will start giving him respect and credit in the newsroom. And if he fails, Mike will resign from his position at the news station. 

As the movie continues, Mike helps Abby court Colin, giving her tips on how to win him over. On each of Abby's dates, Mike wires her with an earpiece and tells her things to do and say while trying to impress him. The comic highlight of the movie is a scene where Abby wears a pair of remote control panties to a company dinner. Without saying any more, this is definitely the best "at the table orgasm" scene since When Harry Met Sally. 

I can definitely see how someone without a funny bone in their body might think this film was degrading to women or vulgarly offensive due to all the sexual references, but it is well written and fantastically acted. Butler lights up the screen with his good looks and charm and makes it easy to overlook the douche-bag he is portraying. Heigl is equally charming, although she has been cast into yet another role that is interchangeable with her character Izzie Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy". She is taking a step up in this film, however, co-executive producing "The Ugly Truth" with her mother Betty. 

Overall, I would recommend this movie to both men and women who aren't easily offended and really enjoy films of the Judd Apatow-type genre. This is truthfully one of the funniest movies I have seen in a very long time.


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Genres:    Comedy Romance
Release Date:    July 24, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:    R
Starring:    Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Corddry, Bree Turner
Directed By:    Robert Luketic
Produced By:    Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Kimberly di Bonaventura, Steven Reuther



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New on DVD: Meet CORALINE's Maker


Designing Stop-Motion Animated Puppets

CORALINE, the first stop-motion feature film shot in stereoscopic 3D comes to DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, July 21st.  Henry Selick, director of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, worked on the film for over three years alongside a team of artists including Georgina Haynes, the Character Fabrication Supervisor on CORALINE.

Haynes, a veteran of stop-motion animation, worked on Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE (first stop-motion film shot digitally) and MARS ATTACK!, and she takes CineMovie through the process of creating stop-motion animated puppets.

Q:  As the Character Fabrication Supervisor, what does your job entail? 

Haynes:  Character Fabrication Supervisor gathers together a team of people to work alongside the director and animators to fabricate the puppets off screen.  First a static puppet is made from illustrations and then the static finished puppet is passed on to the animators for movement.

Henry_Selick_directorSo I deal with Henry (Selick) and with the creative decisions such as costumes, color of paint, hair….  I also work closely with the director and animators with the kind of movements they want because each of the puppets have full metal skeleton inside called amatures.  So we have to build, design and engineer those from scratch.

Q:  Are the sets computer-generated or are they also built from scratch?

Haynes: They were all built by hand.  In fact, Coraline has very few computer-generated effects.  Some of the background skies were computer-generated but a lot of those were hand-painted as well.  Everything you’re seeing is made by a person. 

We did use computers and technology to help us in certain processes.  Coraline and many of the other puppets have replacement faces for their facial animations.  And the way it’s been done in the past is by hand sculpting each one of these faces but it limits the amounts of expressions and faces on a puppet.  On Coraline, we used a
Coraline_DVD_Skies3D printer, so we modeled the character in the computer almost as you would with a computer animated movie but we went in and added more detail, more in betweens that you would get in an animated feature.  And then we printed them all out on a machine (3D printer) much like an inkjet printer but it actually sprays out resin instead of a flat photograph.  And then we built it up into a 3D model.  Once all of those pieces are printed out, we hand painted every one of those.  So they still have that hands-on, sort of feel to them. 

Q:  Was CORALINE shot on 35 mm? 

Haynes:  No, this is all shot digitally.  We actually used the red camera which I think was initially used for medical use but it’s a very high definition camera. 

Q:  Is that what gives the film it’s look?

Haynes: It does make it crisper than 35mm but I think part of it was how it was designed - the colors, the fabric…  Coraline’s hair zings because it’s real hair and real lighting on it.  I don’t think the camera gives it the look completely.  I think it’s more the fact that everything was hand-made and a lot of thought went into the colors that were used to get that feel.

Q:  Did you have to design the puppets differently because of the 3D aspect?

Coraline_DVD_3DHaynes:  We didn’t really know initially because it was the first time a stop-motion animation was made in 3D.  So we were really doing a lot of tests and found out it didn’t really affect how we made the puppets.  The only things we had to be careful of were stripes and spots on the puppet’s costumes because if they were too intense, too diverse in color, it could jar the eye - make you feel a bit sick.   We used that a little bit on the mother when she gets into her checkered outfit… to sort of disturb the eye a little bit. 

Q: How many times did you have to go back to the drawing board or reshoot a scene?

It was a three year process and during the last year, the script changed because Selick was continuously working on the script. 

We didn’t have to reshoot.  The voices were recorded pre-animation.  Although after the first viewing of film, there was a question about the character of Wybee and how it related to the ghost children.  From that, we built a new puppet - the grandmother which you see at the end of the movie.   Just to make a little more sense.   We built that in 3 weeks where as Coraline took a year. 

Q:  What is your favorite scene from the movie?

Haynes:  I think the downstairs theater.  It’s the most controversial scene in the movie but I absolutely love it.  There’s not much clothing in that scene but the whole thing just makes me laugh.

Q:  And the hardest?

Haynes: Anything with the mother three - the last stage of the other mother when she turns into insects.  It took us the whole film to actually get the design because until we knew how the third act was going to play out, we could not design that character.  She came about the last year of filming.  She was a tricky one to make – she’s got four spindly legs, was semi-translucent, yet a hard-look to move.  She was a challenge.  

Q:  And everyone loves the bonus features on DVDs but do the b-roll crew ever interfere with the process when they’re present with their cameras?

Check out the CORALINE DVD Extras

Yes, it’s always a battle.  You always feel sorry for the people who are doing that because that’s the last thing you want – to have a camera shoved into your face while you’re trying to make all these puppets on the stressful deadline.  But these things are so fascinating that it needs to be done.

And we agree.  Thanks to Georgina and the creative team behind CORALINE who sacrificed their sanity for all the great extra features on the DVD and Blu-ray available July 21st.
CORALINE will be available for a Limited Time Only on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD featuring 2-D and 3-D Versions of the Movie, Four pairs of 3-D glasses, plus a digital copy of the film on July 21st, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment .
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Movie Reviews and Clip: 500 Days of Summer

This is a story of boy meets girl, begins the wry, probing narrator of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and with that the film takes off at breakneck speed into a funny, true to life and unique dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man's no-holds-barred love affair starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel (Yes, Man).

In this clip, the couple pretend to be man and wife in their home while shopping at Ikea.

Studio:    Fox Searchlight
Genres:    Comedy And Romance
Release Date:    July 17, 2009
MPAA Rating:    PG-13
Starring:    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Rachel Boston, Clark Gregg
Directed By:    Marc Webb
Produced By:    Mark Waters, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mason Novick
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Movie Reviews & Trailer: I Love You, Beth Cooper

I Love You, Beth Cooper

TV's HEROES star Hayden Panettiere is Beth Cooper, a graduating high school student about to make Denis, a nerdy valedictorian's (Paul Rust) dream come true when she shows up at his door promising a a night he will not forget.  It wouldn't be a movie without trouble following the teen queen when her boyfriend is not thrilled that Denis proclaimed his dying love for Beth at the graduation ceremony.



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Astro Boy the Movie: Behind the Animation



Known as the Japanese Mickey Mouse, the boy wonder robot known as ASTRO BOY hits movie theaters October 2009 featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Freddy Highmore, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, and Eugene Levy.  

Created in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of anime, ASTRO BOY, began as a manga (Japanese comic)  and later became a television series in the 1960's and brought to the United States in the 1980's as an American television series.  The television series started the visuals associated with anime.

Now Imagi Studios brings a big screen version of the boy robot this fall.  Imagi Studios, based in the United States and Hong Kong, gave CineMovie a sneak peek at the story about a robot made in the likeness of a scientist's dead son.  We're with the line producer Pilar Flynn and character designer Luis Grane of Imagi Studios who explain their efforts to stay close to the original material.  

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Movie Reviews and Clip: Bruno

Sacha Baron Cohen is back to offend and rile up rednecks as Bruno, a gay, Austrian TV reporter who worms his way into style hot spots.

Watch a film clip from Bruno in which Bruno asks stage parents what their babies will be comfortable with for a photo shoot including hanging them up on a cross.  


Studio:    Universal
Release Date:    July 10, 2009
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Movie Clips & Reviews: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


In theatres on July 15

Harry Potter is back in the sixth installment of the boy wizard based on the J.K Rowling's books.  In this film clip (I Killed Sirius Black) from HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, Harry takes on Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) who killed Harry's uncle Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.    


Movie Synopsis: 

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching.

Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

This film has been rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, David Bradley, Jessie Cave, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Bonnie Wright

Director: David Yates Writers: Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
Producers: David Heyman, David Barron
Executive Producer: Lionel Wigram

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Warner Bros. Pictures

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Movie Reviews and Trailer: G-Force

G-FORCE in Disney Digital 3-D™

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-FORCE, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-FORCE are guinea pigs Darwin (voice of SAM ROCKWELL), the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster (voice of TRACY MORGAN), an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez (voice of PENELOPE CRUZ), a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert, Mooch, and a star-nosed mole, Speckles (voice of NICOLAS CAGE), the computer and information specialist.                      Watch the red carpet premiere

Directed by Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Hoyt Yeatman—G-FORCE takes audiences on a high-octane thrill ride, proving once and for all that size really doesn't matter.

CAST: Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Sam
Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan
DIRECTOR: Hoyt Yeatman
SCREENPLAY BY: The Wibberleys and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Tim Firth, based on
a story by Hoyt Yeatman (credits not final)
PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer
GENRE: Comedy-Adventure
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2009

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Interview: Megan Fox, Michael Bay and Transformers Cast



Michael Bay has no hidden agenda when it comes to making a summer blockbuster.   And when it came to facing a room full of journalists including CineMovie eager to find out the meaning behind “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Bay only had to remind us “it’s summer fun.” 

Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, and newcomer Ramon Rodriguez joined the seasoned blockbuster director (The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys) for the Q&A at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  Noticeably absent was the star of the film Shia LaBeouf who was making an appearance on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien at Universal Studios.

As you would guess, most of the questions were directed to media darling Megan Fox and the one director critics love to attack, Michael Bay.

Q:  Michael, in the movie, you destroy national monuments like the Egyptian pyramids and the Smithsonian Museum.  Did you have any trepidations about it?

Michael:  It’s called summer fun.  It’s a robot movie.


Q:  Megan, do you get a choose what you wear in the movie?  And do you have those moments where you’re asking yourself why you have to wear something?

  Yes, I have those moments on a daily basis.  I don’t get to pick my outfits.  I remember Mike auditioning Ramon and some other men in his office and I had to go in…

Michael:  Two young guys.

Megan:  No, it was Shia, Ramon two other actors, and you (Michael).  I had to come in and try 18 different outfits; a white tight jeans, pink belly shirt, and like motorcycle boots.  And Mike was selecting them in the process…

Michael:  It’s called multi-tasking.

Megan:  But I have to say he clearly has an eye for what should be and should not be in the movie.

Q:  Do you see your character as the sex symbol of Transformers? 

Megan: I just saw it a few days ago when we were at the London premiere.  I usually don’t watch myself. I don’t watch myself in playback, nor in stills.  I have a phobia of it.  I basically shot an entire glass of champagne so I can get through the sitting of it and I was really, really, pleasantly surprised.  Half way through I was overcome with genuine emotion and wanted to hug Michael in gratitude.  

The character is sexy but women in movies are generally sexy especially in Michael’s movies and if it’s part of the formula…

Michael:  If you look at the movie, we got that first (sexy) shot out in the beginning for the young boys and moved on.  The rest of the movie is not about sexy.

Josh:  Tyrese offered to introduce himself in the second film by appearing shirtless in a car wash scene on Optimus.  But Michael didn’t go for it.



Michael:  Yeah,  no I didn’t

Q:  Is the IMAX version different than the film in regular theaters.

  The IMAX version is 2 hours and 20 minutes exactly.  The IMAX cut has a minute more of footage. It’s got some more fighting footage that takes place in the forest with Devastator. 

Q: In the film, Josh throws out the National Security Advisor from a military plane.  Is there any kind of message there regarding our current Security Advisor under Obama?

Michael:  Remember, summer fun by the way.
Q: Michael how did you find out about Shia’s car accident that injured his hand during production of this movie?

Michael:  I read it on CNN online and said this can’t be true. I called my line producer Ian Bryce and he goes ‘it’s true.’  I’m like  ‘Oh, my god!’  He said let’s shut down and I was ‘we can’t shut down.’  When you have a train going, it’s so expensive to shut a picture like this down. 

We had an action scene that Monday in the library.  I said let’s go for it and use Vlad the stuntman and cover as much stuff as we can.  Tuesday we shut down and then we had to mix and match scenes that we can shoot without him.  We didn’t know how long he would be down.

Immediately I had them find the best people in the world to make a special cast that has never been made with a caviler fingers, very thin, so you can photograph it.  The problem was that if he jammed his fingers, he would lose his fingers forever.  Experts of the world came up with the design.  We were very lucky because we had shot a lot of the beginning of the movie.

Megan:  Everyone’s very lucky for Shia’s level of commitment to this movie because he showed up with his injury and acted as if he didn’t have an injury and
Shia_LaBeoufwent balls to the wall.  He did things that were not safe for him to do but he wanted this film to be real as possible.

Michael:  We’d have arguments.  He would take his cast off and I said ‘no put that cast back on’ and he said ‘no I’m fine.” We were trying to protect that hand.

Josh:  Remember when he cut his eye and he wanted to come back to work that day.

Michael:  Yeah!

Shia wasn’t the only one suffering through painful injuries.  The new sidekick in the Transformers movie sequel, Ramon Rodriguez (plays Leonardo Ponce Spitz) popped his shoulder during an action scene.

Ramon:  Yeah,  I popped a shoulder.

Michael:  You didn’t tell me that.

Ramon:  I didn’t want to get you worried.

Michael:  You want to sue me?

Ramon:  No.  So were shooting the Devastator scene when I’m sucking on sand and had to hold on to a pole.  Michael Bay had this great idea to bring out these two fans that blow 100 mph each and put them right in front of my face.  I’ve got sand, soot, and dirt blowing into my face and two guys behind me with wires attached to my ankles pulling me.  Not enough yet – we have two cars flipping over my head which were attached to a hydraulic crane -- flipped inches above my head.  So the guys were yanking the cable on my ankles and in one of the takes, my shoulder popped out and we continued rolling…


Michael: That’s the shot we used.

Ramon:  Thank you, Michael.

Tyrese:  I sprained my left pinky toe.

Q:  Michael, in the film, you have dozens of shots of military planes flying over and taking off aircraft carriers.  Do you use stock footage or shoot all the footage yourself?

Michael:  I don’t like using stock footage. All that stuff was shot by us.  We had
Transformers_2_Michael_Bayincredible access from the military which is very rare.  They flew 100 feet over our set. There were 6 F16 out doing missions and we timed their mission for when we wanted them to come over our set four times and timed explosions down below.

Q: What was the budget on this film?

My budget was $200 million but I came under at $195 million.  I put the rest into effects.  I don’t carry a second unit with me and shoot 12 hour days.

And we’re sure Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will have no problem doubling their budget when the film transforms into a mega hit at the box office this summer season. 

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Movie Reviews & Clip: Public Enemies

Christian Bale and Johnny Depp come together in the Michael Mann directed "Public Enemies," an action thriller set during the Depression-era's great crime wave, the story of the government's attempt to stop legendary criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. This operation transformed the FBI into the first federal police force from the powerless agency it once was.

In this "Public Enemies" scene (The assault on the Little Bohemian Lodge), FBI man Christian Bale shoots it out with Johnny Depp's John Dillinger and his gang in the wild.                

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Studio:    Universal
Genres:    Drama, Crime/Gangster And Adaptation
Release Date:    July 01, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:    TBA
Starring:    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, David Wenham
Directed By:    Michael Mann
Produced By:    Kevin Misher, Michael Mann, G. Mac Brown
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Movie Reviews & Clip: My Sister's Keeper

Cameron Diaz and Jason Patrick turn in a dramatic performance as father and mother of a child diagnosed with cancer in "My Sister's Keeper." 

In this scene (Do I Look Pretty?) from "My Sister's Keeper," their daughter Kate is off to the prom with her date.  


Sara and Brian are living an idyllic life with their young son and daughter, Jesse and Kate, when they receive heartbreaking news that leads them to make an unorthodox choice in order to save Kate’s life. Their decision eventually raises both ethical and moral questions, ultimately setting off a court case that reveals surprising truths and challenges everyone’s perceptions of love and loyalty, giving new meaning to the definition of healing.

Studio:    New Line Cinema
Genres:    Drama
Release Date:    June 26, 2009
MPAA Rating:    rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language, and brief teen drinking.
Starring:    Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Joan Cusack
Directed By:    Nick Cassavetes
Produced By:    Mark Johnson, Chuck Pacheco, Scott L. Goldman, Diana Pokorny, Stephen Furst, Mendel Tropper, Toby Emmerich, Meredith Finn, Mark Kaufman
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